Will Prado mark return with win?

March 29, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Edgar Prado could win his first Maryland stakes of 1994 today when he rides favored May Maloy in the opening-day feature at Pimlico Race Course.

Live racing shifts to the Baltimore track for a 56-day meet, which includes two Grade I races, the Pimlico Special on May 14 and the Preakness on May 21.

Jimmy Murphy, May Maloy's trainer, said he will name Prado to ride the filly in the $25,000-added Gala Lil Stakes today since the horse's regular jockey, Rick Wilson, has been sidelined with an injury.

Wilson missed riding in two stakes at Laurel Race Course during the weekend, including the mount on the winning Brilliant Prospect in the Wide Country Stakes on Sunday, because of a hematoma on the inside of one leg.

Wilson said yesterday that he will be out of action for a couple of weeks at the direction of his doctor. Wilson said he was working on his farm a couple of weeks ago when the wind slammed the door of his pickup truck on his leg, about three inches above his ankle.

"I kept on riding, but it's a real bad hematoma. Every time I ride, it irritates it and it bleeds. Finally, the doctor said if I didn't stop, I ran the risk of getting a blood clot."

One trainer, Jack Winterbotham, was particularly upset when Wilson took off his mare, Gammy's Alden, right before the Snow Goose Handicap on Saturday.

"Believe me, the last thing I wanted to do was not ride his horse in a $100,000 race," Wilson said. "But I couldn't. He ought to be glad that I didn't. If I had, I would have just been a passenger."

Allen Stacy deputized for Wilson and the mare finished seventh.

Stacy was more fortunate on Sunday when he rode Wilson's mount Brilliant Prospect in the Wide Country Stakes and won the race, which was worth $19,845 to the winner.

Murphy said he is concerned about the possibility of a wet track today at Pimlico even though May Maloy has won in the mud. "I'll ship the filly over there [from Laurel]," he said. "But if the track is dangerous, we'll scratch."

The speedy Singing Ring, who drew the rail, is expected to give May Maloy her most serious competition in the five-furlong race.

May Maloy is owned by Sharon Maloney of Warrenton, Va.

Prado, the leading Maryland jockey for the past three years, rode at Aqueduct during the winter and just returned to ride in the state last week.

NOTES: Longtime Maryland horse owner William Vermillion is recovering from heart bypass surgery in the Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park. Vermillion, who has horses with trainer Ron Alfano, is also involved in breeding and boards his stock with Donelson Christmas Jr. in Upper Marlboro. . . . Leon Blusiewicz, who recently began training Lady Reiko for Lorraine Quinichett, said he is pointing the 3-year-old filly for the May 20 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Wayne Barnett worked Lady Reiko a swift six furlongs in 1 minute, 14 3/5 seconds at Pimlico on Saturday.

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