11/06/2001 12:00AM

Espinoza, Prado invited to Japan

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Victor Espinoza and Edgar Prado have been selected by the Japan Racing Association to represent the United States in the World Super Jockeys Championships at Hanshin Racecourse on Dec. 1-2.

The two American riders will compete as individuals in two races on each of the two days against seven other visiting foreign riders and six Japanese riders. The other non-Japanese are defending champion Olivier Peslier from France, Kieren Fallon from Britain, Michael Kinane from Ireland, Brett Prebble from Australia, New Zealand's Michael Walker, and Hong Kong-based Doug Whyte.

The Japanese jockeys are Masayoshi Ebina, Shingi Fujita, Mikio Matsunaga, Yoshitoma Shibata, Katsuya Samegima, and Hirofumi Shii.