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.