12/03/2012 7:03PM

Gulfstream Park: Prado playing hot hand

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Barbara D. Livingston
Edgar Prado will be aboard likely odds-on favorite Graydar in Thursday’s allowance feature.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Edgar Prado is certainly no stranger to Gulfstream Park. The Hall of Famer is back again this winter and comes in on a bit of a roll, having won the Grade 2 Red Smith Handicap aboard Boisterous for trainer Shug McGaughey and the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap with Starformer for Bill Mott on back-to-back weekends in November.

“It’s great to have been able to win a couple of big races for trainers like Shug McGaughey and Billy Mott before leaving New York, and hopefully we’ll continue to do well here,” said Prado, 45, whose book is being handled by longtime friend and former trainer Bob Klesaris. “I could have stayed up in New York and done well this winter, but I’ve been coming down here so long, you kind of get spoiled. I have a lot of customers who race in Florida this time of year, and I’m hoping at the end of the meet I’ll be saying it was the right decision to have been down here.”

Prado will be aboard likely odds-on favorite Graydar for trainer Todd Pletcher in Thursday’s $54,500 allowance feature.

Josh More than 1 year ago
One more thing Sir, Mike Smith left New York with his hat in his hand and had he not got some decent breaks due in part to an excellent agent in California he to would be walking hots back in New Mexico. I have known Mike since his days at Canterbury Downs where he chased Sandy Hawley home every race and recognize both his strengths and obvious weaknesses in his game. There is an expression in the jocks room that "to get on good horses you have to be around good horses" and that is what old Mikey and his agent are all about. No wonder he has found a home in So Cal other than RB, young Joe Talamo and Tyler Baze for as long as he lasts, the riding colony there is suspect. I am in full agreement that he will have a full book of stake engagements of which he can still win his share, love Mike Smith as a finisher but occasionally his pace clock has let him down, just ask Shug McGaughey.
Josh More than 1 year ago
It's a good thing Eddy is naturally dark skinned because his days in the sun are over. Although still greatly skilled, since splitting with Bob Froese his business has declined steadily. With the emergence of Joel Rosario, Irad Ortiz, David Cohen and Jose Lezcano just to name a few and the regular cast of outstanding riders such as Javier, John, Alan and the King Ramon one can clearly see there is no room near the top for an older guy like Eddy. He has enjoyed a great run in New York thanks in part to John Kimmel and a few other regular supporters but perhaps the time has come to retreat back to Maryland or contemplate hanging up the irons.
illhaveanother9 More than 1 year ago
Although I recognize your attempt at witticism in your opening statement, it comes off as a racist joke. Prado is an excellent jockey, and the best tracks are full of excellent jockeys. This means that some excellent riders will struggle. He will still get quality mounts on stakes horses, which is the priority for a lot of older riders, who know that purse earnings are more important than winning percentage and riding titles. There is nothing wrong with being a big fish in a little pond, but I find it admirable that guys like Prado and Mike Smith duke it out among the toughest colonies. These guys may not be the best to wager on, but that doesn't mean that they aren't excellent for the sport, and shouldn't be at the tracks that have the biggest fan bases.
Josh More than 1 year ago
You're absolutely entitled to your opinion, but just for your info, I am a black male and meant nothing racist in my remarks. Good luck with Backing Prado in the Gulfstream Stakes program, when you become seventh or eighth on the leading rider list you don't draw the best stake horses around so he had better be able to relay on his Maryland and Florida connections for competitive mounts. He'll be playing racetrack rummy with Jorge Chavez in another year or two. How did he do at the Breeders Cup this year?
Julio Mauricio More than 1 year ago
Has anyone seen the race where he helps another jockey retrieve the reins during a race? Yes Prado is aging but the guy is all class. Wish him well this upcoming meet
michael More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed watching Edgar's career in MD and NY and FL. And I give him credit for following in the big meets and riding top horses. As opposed to the other star of NY who spends his time racking up wins at 6-5 or even on the weatherized inner track at Aqu. RD, come down to Florida and challenge the big boys all winter.
robert bertz More than 1 year ago
I assume You are talking about Ramon? He stays in New York because of His family. He also gets to ride those favorites because He gets them out of the gate and gets the position He should with them.
KEVIN D More than 1 year ago
I would not be playing gulfstream. On saturday dec 1st in the 4th race Pot Of Gold the # 10 horse ridden by Pedro Cotto Jnr lost because the jocke misjudged the finish line.He was beaten by the #5 horse.The jockey stopped riding with about 100 yds to go. In the next race the announcer reminded the patrons which finish line they were using. 2012 and we have more than one finish line ? Did anyone see the race?
Jerry Cumberland More than 1 year ago
I saw the race... That horse was 14-1. There had to be some pissed off horseplayers! I'm one of those guys who would've made the same mistake. Two finish lines doesn't work. Make the chute longer or something. I still LOVE Gulfstream!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
For some reason they insisted on bringing back 1 1/16 mi races in which case they should simply move the wire to the 1/16 pole and leave it there. The Boy did apologize but that's not much help is it?
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Yes, I bet on Cotto, he clearly missed the line, and Calvin was lucky. Cost me a big score. Just bad luck, but I did not see any news in DRF about it. Well Cotto knows the finish line at Tampa where he will winter.
KEVIN D More than 1 year ago
i lost
Christopher Carter More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry, but anyone who follows racing on a weekly basis knows that this guys has fallen far from his top performance level, just like I have in my field. Every body gets old. Fortunately for Edgar, he's made a lot lot of money along the way!
GM More than 1 year ago
I agree 100%. He can still win some races but he's far from consistent.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
You're right .. there may well be a "behind the scenes" reason. Still remember the rides on Barbara.
JOE More than 1 year ago
love the gulfstream meet wish rsie naprovnik would have comited to gulf instead of fairgrounds
GM More than 1 year ago
I don't think she's ready for GP yet. Another year or two maybe.
JOE More than 1 year ago
I remember edgar prado was a bug boy for vinny blengs at suffolk downs and winning stake races in the early 70/s
Steve Morehouse More than 1 year ago
Early 70's ? He was riding at the age of 6 or 7 ?
Jock More than 1 year ago
I have been a Edgar Prado fan ever since he begain his career at Atlantic City and I hope that he has a great season this year.