1,000 wins in two years spur Prado With 405 so far in '98, rider aims at unique feat

November 04, 1998|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

America's leading rider passed another milestone this week.

Edgar Prado scored his 400th victory of 1998, leading his agent, Steve Rushing, to establish 1,000 over two years as the next career challenge.

"I don't think anyone has ever done that," Rushing said.

Prado reached 405 wins yesterday at Laurel Park by booting home favored Artistic John in the final race for his third triumph on the card.

He won his 400th on Monday at Delaware Park, scoring in the fifth race with maiden Lady Supreme.

"We're still working on that," said Prado about consecutive 500-win years. "To do it, I'd have to win about 12 races a week. The main thing is to stay healthy all year round. I've been lucky enough to do that."

The native of Peru led the nation with 536 winners last year when his mounts earned nearly $9 million. He became only the fourth pTC rider in history to amass 500 wins in a year.

Prado competes regularly at Delaware Park on Laurel's dark days.

He had a brief fling on the big-time circuit in New York several winters ago, but did not fare well and decided to return to Maryland. Rushing said he is happy here.

"Edgar gets a lot of good horses and we're in the top 10 in the nation in money won," said the agent.

"When the big stables ship in from Kentucky, New York and Florida, they ask for him [to ride]. They know who he is. His kids are in school here. It's tough to uproot."

Prado will compete on the Breeders' Cup card with Aly's Alley in the Juvenile.

But Prado would not rule out another try at a major circuit.

"We'll have to wait and see what happens in the election," he said with a wink.

The reference was to the future of slot machines in Maryland.

Pub Date: 11/04/98

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