"I just ride, and rest," is how Edgar Prado, 24, describes his life.
Prado, a jockey from Peru, won three races at Pimlico Race Course yesterday, bringing his meet-leading total to 24.
For the year, Prado ranks second nationally to Russell Baze, who rides in northern California. Through March 31, Baze had ridden 120 winners and Prado 111.
Prado, who has eight Maryland stakes victories this year, also ranks in the top 10 nationally for number of stakes wins.
Prado's three wins yesterday came aboard Knox Landing (second race), Auto Train (fourth) and The Optimist in the eighth-race feature.
Prado was scheduled to ride Brilliant Brass in the Top Flight Handicap at Aqueduct today, but the Maryland-bred mare will be scratched.
"The field is so bulky and she drew an outside post, so they [owners Nick and Elaine Bassford] are not going to run her," said Prado's agent, Steve Rushing. "They want to do what's best for the horse. She'll probably run back in a Maryland-bred stakes."
Prado, the state's leading rider last year, is well on his way to another title. His only misfortune this spring has been losing the mount on possible Kentucky Derby starter Pie In Your Eye.
Rushing had booked Prado to ride Brilliant Brass in the Snow Goose Handicap on March 28, the same day Pie In Your Eye was scheduled to run in the Cherry Hill Mile, a race he won.
"You can't be in two places at the same time," Rushing said. Pie In Your Eye starts in the $500,000 Wood Memorial tomorrow and will be ridden by Frank Lovato Jr., who rode him in the Cherry Hill Mile.
In other Pimlico action yesterday, apprentice jockey Billy Moorefield was taken to Sinai Hospital of Baltimore after the seventh race with possible shoulder and facial injuries.
His mount, Peche Isle, made an abrupt turn midway through the race and ran into the rail.
Arlene Bloom, Moorefield's aunt, said from the hospital that the jockey "seems a lot better now." She said his nose and shoulder were being X-rayed for possible fractures.
Peche Isle was not injured.
NOTES: Best Pal has been bedded down in Pimlico's stakes barn and will have an easy schedule for the next few days. The California-bred gelding will just walk around the shed. "He shipped well," said exercise rider Ruben Hernandez. "He ate up well. He was happy to settle in and get a good roll in his stall." Best Pal will be heavily favored to win the Pimlico Special on May 9. . . . Steve Rushing, and his older brother, Jay Rushing, are both jockey agents. Steve has Prado; Jay is agent for Michael Hunter, who just returned to competition after breaking his shoulder last fall. Hunter won Saturday on Patient Diplomacy, his eighth mount since his return. . . . Make Azilian, winner of the Maryland Million Steeplechase last year, is tuning up for the spring races in a two-mile flat race tomorrow at the Grand National Point-to-Point in Butler. He will be ridden by Lisa Delp, wife of veterinarian Brian Delp and daughter-in-law of trainer Dick Delp. . . . The 2-year-old colt Exclusive Zone won his first start yesterday, at Aqueduct, and became the first winner from the first crop of Maryland stallion Waquoit. Waquoit, a top handicap horse when he was in training, stands at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City.