Prados have Laurel seeing doubleAnibal rides first


January 15, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

Prados have Laurel seeing double

Anibal rides first; Edgar finishes first

Did the fans at Laurel Race Course have double vision?

Or were there two Prados out there yesterday, racing as a pair around the final turn in the track's sixth race?

The two jockeys wore identical white and blue silks.

They rode bay horses owned and trained by the same men.

And, yes, the jockeys are brothers.

L Anibal Prado, 34, rode his first race yesterday in Maryland.

It was his younger brother, Edgar, 24, the state's leading jockey, that sped away from him in the homestretch.

"I thought maybe we'd be 1-2," Edgar said afterward.

But it was not meant to be.

Edgar Prado went on to win the race with Majestic Game, owned by John Polek of Timonium and trained by Carroll Hawkins.

The other half of the Polek entry, Justins Testamony, ridden by Anibal, finished fourth, after briefly hooking up with his stablemate near the quarter pole.

It was the first race Anibal Prado had ridden in about two years.

Steve Rushing, the brothers' agent, said Anibal once had been Peru's leading rider and was instrumental in teaching his younger sibling to ride.

"Anibal rode in Florida for a while," Rushing said. "But then he got too heavy and went to New York and galloped horses for Angel Penna."

After Penna died last summer, Anibal Prado decided to give race riding another try.

He moved his wife and twin sons in with Edgar and his family in Columbia.

"We are a close family and we look out for each other," Edgar Prado said. They have six other brothers and three sisters.

Rushing said Anibal Prado tacks up at 114 pounds.

"But he'll get down to 111 or 112 the more he rides," he said.

Trainer Hawkins said he was pleased with Anibal's performance. "The horse came up a little short after a six-month layoff."

"I thought he rode pretty good," added Polek. Frank and Ginny Wright of Hampstead have turned their six-horse stable over to Billy Turner, the trainer who won the 1977 Triple Crown with Seattle Slew.

Turner arrived in Maryland last year and is attempting to stage a career comeback.

Trump Mahal and North Carroll are currently the Wrights' two best horses.

They have six 2-year-olds in South Carolina and their best broodmare, Valay Maid, is expecting her first foal, by Miswaki, in March.


Canadian trainer Mike Wright is having a productive winter in Maryland. He brought down an 18-horse string from Canada, mostly claimers, and won his sixth race of the meet yesterday with Empress's Star. Wright is Canada's second leading trainer and won 85 races and about $1.8 million in purses last year with horses owned by Bruno Schickedanz. Wright said that Schickedanz, a 40-year-old real estate developer, operates two farms in Canada and owns about 110 horses. . . . Former Pimlico Race Course owner Ben Cohen, and his wife, Zelda, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 28 in Florida. The Cohens' promising 3-year-old, Jetting Along, broke his maiden on Tuesday on the opening-day card at Gulfstream Park. . . . Adelaide Riggs' Woods of Windsor is getting closer to his 3-year-old debut. The colt turned in a black letter work, running in company with the older Surely Six, last week at Gulfstream Park. Surely Six subsequently won the Hallandale Handicap. Woods of Windsor could start next Saturday in the Preview Stakes at Gulfstream.

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