Prado now aims at 3,000 career winners 524th victory of year leaves rider one shy of milestone

December 20, 1997|By Tom Keyser

Three weeks after winning his 500th race this year, jockey Edgar Prado is on the verge of another milestone: the 3,000th win of his career.

Yesterday, Prado rode three winners at Laurel Park, leaving him one short of 3,000. Today, the 30-year-old jockey is scheduled to ride in nine of Laurel Park's 10 races -- all but the first race.

Post time for the first is 12: 15 p.m. Prado's pursuit of 3,000 will commence in the second.

After winning yesterday's third, fourth and seventh races for victories 2,997, 2,998 and 2,999, Prado had chances in the eighth and ninth for 3,000. He finished fourth aboard Shuttered in the eighth and third aboard Advantage Toby in the ninth.

Walking to the jockey's room after the ninth race, Prado said he hadn't even known he was one win away from 3,000 until someone told him after No. 2,999. He smiled and said he'd try again today.

For the year, Prado has ridden 524 winners. Only two jockeys in North America have won more, and they both did it primarily in Maryland: Kent Desormeaux (598 in 1989) and Chris McCarron (546 in 1974).

With six days to ride in 1997, Prado ranks 22 wins behind McCarron. Prado would have to win nearly half of his races to catch him.

Pub Date: 12/20/97

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