Jockey Prado earns Hall of Fame election

Horse Racing

April 22, 2008|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN REPORTER

Edgar Prado will always be remembered for riding Barbaro to his Kentucky Derby triumph in 2006 and the 6,040 victories in his storied career, which included a stint in Maryland, where he led the nation in wins from 1997 to 1999.

Now the 40-year-old jockey has been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame, an honor he called "amazing."

"I'm just speechless. I'm shaking like a leaf," Prado said. "Just to be nominated for the Hall of Fame among all my peers was great. To win is amazing."

He said last night that there would be no wild celebrations, just "spending some quiet time with my family because I've been traveling so much lately."

Prado ranks seventh on the career earnings list with more than $205 million.

He grew up in a racing family of 11 children in Peru and began his career there as a 16-year-old. He moved to the United States in 1986 and rode in Florida and Massachusetts before settling in Maryland.

Prado is among six standouts from six decades - three horses, two jockeys and one trainer - who make up the class of 2008, which will be inducted Aug. 4 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The others are two-time Derby-winning jockey Ismael "Milo" Valenzuela, regular rider of Kelso; trainer Carl Nafzger; and horses Inside Information, Manila and Ancient Title.

Prado and Nafzger were elected the first year their names appeared on the ballot. They had been eligible in previous years but had not received enough votes in the nominating committee selection process.

Prado finished first in the voting in the contemporary jockey category, ahead of Randy Romero and Alex Solis.

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