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Gulfstream Park: Prado playing hot hand
By Mike Welsch
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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!
love the gulfstream meet wish rsie naprovnik would have comited to gulf instead of fairgrounds
I remember edgar prado was a bug boy for vinny blengs at suffolk downs and winning stake races in the early 70/s
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.
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