Picture: Maryland Jockey Membership
The 52-year-old Prado received along with his lone mount Friday at Gulfstream Park, guiding 19-1 lengthy shot Fritzi ($41.20) to a one-length maiden particular weight triumph within the 3-year-old Graham Movement-trained filly’s 2nd occupation get started.
It used to be the 6th victory from 14 mounts (43 p.c) in the course of the first six days of the 2019-2020 Championship Meet for Prado, striking him 3rd within the early standings in the back of Emisael Jaramillo and Jairo Rendon. Prado has already banked $173,965 in handbag profits.
“It’s incredible. This trade is loopy,” Prado stated within the winner’s circle. “It is going up and down and I’ve been doing this for a few years. I’m glad that we’ve had a good looking get started and confidently it continues.”
9th all-time as considered one of most effective 9 jockeys with 7,000 or extra victories (7,039), trailing fellow Corridor of Famer Angel Cordero Jr. by means of 18 wins, Prado went simply 2-for-23 right through final wintry weather’s Championship Meet.
Gulfstream’s main rider in each 2002 (82 wins) and 2005 (62), Prado arrived this wintry weather with a brand new agent, Cliff Hopmans, dealing with his e book.
“Cliff is operating in reality laborious. He is aware of numerous folks. He’s a straight-shooter,” Prado stated. “He desires to win up to I do and I feel we’re running laborious and we’re looking to accomplish one thing.”
Prado neglected just about two months previous this yr with a rib harm sustained in a last-race spill Aug. 16 at Gulfstream Park. He returned Oct. 11 right through Gulfstream Park West’s Fall Turf Pageant meet, the place he received with two of 22 mounts.
“Sadly, on occasion while you’re no longer profitable and your horses are operating 2nd and 3rd, folks abruptly suppose that you simply forgot easy methods to experience,” Prado stated. “However, it’s incredible how this trade is and have a look at what’s going down now. I would possibly as smartly benefit from the experience whilst it lasts.”
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