Prado has a first-rate return Jockey rides two winners during his first day back

Pimlico notebook

August 13, 1993|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer

One female fan kissed him.

Trainers slapped him on the back and shook his hand.

That's the kind of reception Edgar Prado, Maryland's leading jockey since 1991, received at Pimlico Race Course yesterday when he resumed riding after recuperating for 2 1/2 months from the worst and most painful injury of his seven-year career.

It didn't take long for the 26-year-old rider to reassert his presence.

He won with the first horse he rode in his return, Dancing Sunshine in the third race, and followed that with a victory aboard Alexis's David in the sixth race.

"He didn't miss a beat," said Dale Capuano, the trainer who rode him on Dancing Sunshine and has been one of Prado's principal employers for several years.

The Prado streak was broken when his two other mounts -- Heaven's A Dream (eighth race) and Peanut Nibbler (ninth race) finished off the board.

"It's great to be back. I've missed all the people here. Now I've just got to get rolling again," Prado said.

The Peruvian-born jockey broke the fibula in his right leg at Pimlico on May 30 after the horse, Morning Bagel, trained by Frannie Campitelli, pinned him against the starting gate.

Prado said he was in a cast for 1 1/2 months and didn't start getting on horses again until last week.

When his injury occurred, he was the leading rider at the Pimlico spring meet and also had won the title at the Laurel winter meet.

Turner's tough decision

Tommy Turner rides two of Maryland's outstanding stakes horses -- Jacody and Root Boy.

But he can't ride both of them at the same time, especially when they're running nearly 500 miles apart.

Turner faces a bit of a problem tomorrow: Does he ride Jacody in the $500,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga, going up against divisional leader, Sky Beauty? Or does he stay at Pimlico and ride Root Boy, the high weight and likely favorite in the Polynesian Handicap?

Turner opted for Jacody "because I ride all of [trainer] Bill Donovan's horses. Louis [Bernier, trainer of Root Boy] didn't like it. But what could I do?"

Turner said Jacody felt super at Saratoga on Monday, finishing ++ strong in a one-mile workout.

Joe Rocco replaces Turner on Root Boy, recent runner-up in the Michigan Mile.

Maryland posts EVA restriction

Horses shipping into Maryland from out-of-state must be accompanied with a veterinarian certificate that says they have not been exposed to an outbreak of equine viral arteritis in the last 14 days.

The EVA virus has affected numerous horses at racetracks in Illinois, Kentucky and Nebraska.

The $1 million earner Sunny Sunrise was recently exposed to the virus while competing in a $100,000 stakes race in Omaha, Neb., and was forced to miss tomorrow's Polynesian Handicap at Pimlico.

Trainer Bud Delp said the horse "is in perfect health" but missed training when he had to be stabled off of track grounds last week for a 10-day period. Sunny Sunrise is back at Laurel Race Course, although he is quarantined in International Village until Sunday and is only allowed on the track at 10:10 a.m. after the strip is closed for training to all other horses.

The EVA virus is not considered life-threatening, but causes intestinal inflammation, abdominal pain, diarrhea and pulmonary edema.

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