05/17/2013 3:11PM

Pimlico: Emma-Jayne Wilson leads women jockeys over men in Battle of the Sexes


BALTIMORE - Emma-Jayne Wilson picked up points in three of the four legs of the Jockey Challenge at Pimlico Race Course on Friday to win the annual series over Edgar Prado.

There was a special wager attached to the competition, and Wilson paid $25 to win. The exacta of Wilson and Prado, who also picked up points in three of the legs, paid $72.80. The winning numbers were 4 and 6.

Wilson won with 24 points, with Prado earning 19.

Prado came out firing in the Jockey Challenge, when he guided More Than Sweet to a half-length win in the first leg of the series, the second race. It was a four-way battle to the wire, and Prado earned 12 points. Wilson struck one race later, when she guided her mount, Heart of Rome, to a fast-closing win over pacesetter Talent N Passion.

Wilson picked up an additional 6 points in the third leg of the series, the fifth race, when she was second aboard R.B. Float. She added to her total in the final race in the series, the seventh, when she was second aboard Followmyfootsteps.

Wilson earned $12,000 for the win, and Prado $7,000 for second.

There was also a competition within the competition Friday as the Jockey Challenge was billed as a “Battle of the Sexes.” For the first time, male and female riders had equal representation in the competition, with four women riders and four men riders. Wilson’s points total helped lead the women to victory over the males, 37 points to 35.

Others in the competition were Forest Boyce, Javier Castellano, Kristina McManigell, Rosie Napravnik, Gary Stevens, and John Velazquez. The group has won a collective 23,000 races, with mount earnings in excess of $1 billion.

Wilson is a winner of more than 1,000 races and has compiled $50 million in mount earnings. Her first career win came at Fort Erie in Ontario, Canada, on Aug. 28, 2004.

There was $5,794 in the win pool for the Jockey Challenge, and $6,974 in the exacta pool.