Prado suspended, will seek a delay Nation's leading jockey likely to finish year

December 19, 1997|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Edgar Prado plans on appealing a five-day suspension for careless riding -- issued yesterday by Laurel Park stewards -- so he can continue riding through the end of the year.

The nation's winningest jockey in 1997 was suspended Dec. 26, 27, 28, 31 and Jan. 1 for "riding in a careless manner" during the third race Wednesday at Laurel Park. Prado's mount, Dragonryder, veered out in the stretch and jostled Wicklow Flyer. Dragonryder finished first by 2 1/2 lengths, but the stewards disqualified her to second. Wicklow Flyer, who finished second, was declared the winner.

Steve Rushing, Prado's agent, said last night that Prado would appeal to the Maryland Racing Commission and request a delay of the suspension. Since the commission doesn't meet until mid-January, the delay would almost certainly be granted.

That would mean Prado could ride the final seven days of the year. Yesterday, he won twice to increase his year's victory total to 521 and his career total to 2,996.

Rushing said Prado would ride every day at Laurel Park, despite reports in the Daily Racing Form that he planned on riding tomorrow in New York.

Prado already has won more races in one year than all but two North American jockeys (Kent Desormeaux 598 in 1989 and Chris McCarron 546 in 1974).

To catch McCarron, Prado would have to average more than three wins per day.

Pub Date: 12/19/97

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