Slow start for Prado at Saratoga

Jockey's best is third in Schuylerville Stakes

July 29, 1999|By Tom Keyser

In his first day riding full time at Saratoga, Edgar Prado finished no better than third in five tries. However, the third came in the right race, the Grade II $109,500 Schuylerville Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for 2-year-old fillies.

In the opening day feature at the storied track in upstate New York, Prado contested the early lead with Regally Appealing but settled for a close third when Pat Day on Magicalmysterycat and Jerry Bailey on Circle of Life passed in the stretch. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas and owned in part by Satish Sanan's Padua Stable, Magicalmysterycat won for the fourth time in four times and paid $9.20 to win.

Prado rode the 7-1 Regally Appealing for John Kimmel, a top New York trainer who had invited Prado, Maryland's top jockey, to ride for him during the 36-day Saratoga meet. Kimmel's regular rider, Richard Migliore, is injured.

Prado rode two other horses yesterday for Kimmel. The 11-1 Royal Whisper finished fourth of 12, and the 6-1 Powerful Appeal finished eighth of nine. Prado's other mounts, the 53-1 Lady Radkey for the Maryland trainer Vinnie Blengs and the 14-1 Mad River for the Delaware trainer Michael Gorham, finished sixth and eighth, respectively.

Today, Prado has three mounts, but none in the stakes. On Saturday, he will travel to Philadelphia Park to ride Artax in the Philadelphia Park Breeders' Cup Handicap for the New York trainer Louis Albertrani.

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