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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1997
Edgar Prado can't remember the last time he took a day off. But he knows precisely why he's working seven days a week.The dominant jockey in Maryland throughout the 1990s, Prado is closing in on one of horse racing's most elusive marks. He is 50 victories shy of 500 in one year.Only three jockeys have ever topped 500. With 64 days left in 1997 and Prado winning a race or two or three a day, he seems assured of joining the exclusive 500 club."To reach 500 would be excellent," said Prado, a 30-year-old native of Peru.
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Sports Digest | March 31, 2013
Et cetera Ortiz, McMahon win meet titles at Laurel The Laurel Park winter meeting ended Saturday with apprentice rider Yomar Ortiz and veteran trainer Hugh McMahon winning individual titles. The 50-day stand began Jan. 1. Ortiz topped the jockey standings with 57 first-place finishes, six more than fellow apprentice Trevor McCarthy . The 21-year-old had 16 multiple-win days during the meet, including four three-win afternoons. "It was a battle until the end," Ortiz said.
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By Kent Baker | November 26, 1997
Edgar Prado's race toward 500 victories this year will be a prominent factor when Laurel Park stages $100,000 stakes events on three consecutive cards beginning Thanksgiving Day.A full field is expected for the opener of the rich weekend, the Grade III Anne Arundel for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles. Prado will be aboard probable favorite Snit, who has won three straight.The Annapolis, a 3-year-old race at 1 1/8 miles Friday, will include Prado on another strong contender, the Carlos Garcia-trained Sharp Prospectus.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 21, 2005
He was on the golf course Tuesday evening when the call came to ride in the Kentucky Derby. "Getting the assignment was the easy part," said jockey Jeremy Rose. "Now, I just have to capitalize on it." Rose became the latest in a line of former Maryland apprentice standouts - Chris McCarron and Kent Desormeaux immediately come to mind - to burst into the national spotlight when trainer Tim Ritchey informed him he had gained the assignment on Afleet Alex for the world's most famous race on May 7. At Pimlico's opening day yesterday to race aboard two Michael Gill-owned horses, Rose was reveling in his good fortune after steering Afleet Alex to a convincing, eighth-length victory Saturday in the Arkansas Derby, the same steppingstone used by Smarty Jones to reach Churchill Downs last year.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | January 8, 2000
Jockey Steve Hamilton, a fixture on the Maryland racing circuit for nine years, is leaving the state to return to Oklahoma, where he has purchased a 190-acre farm. Known as "The Cowboy" after riding bulls as well as thoroughbreds in Oklahoma, Hamilton won the 1998 Federico Tesio Stakes with Thomas Jo (who later finished third in the Belmont under Chris McCarron) and rode a number of other fine stakes horses, including Mz. Zill Bear (1995 Maryland Million Ladies winner) and grass specialist John's Call.
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By Bill Christine and Bill Christine,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 24, 2002
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A man of many scripts - mostly compelling ones - Chris McCarron climaxed more than 28 years as a jockey yesterday by riding Came Home to a two-length win in the $107,500 Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood Park. It was the 34,230th race and the 7,141st win of McCarron's career, and the $64,500 winner's share boosted the 47-year-old Hall of Famer's record purse total to $264,351,579. McCarron's second win yesterday came two days after he had made his last out-of-town appearance by riding two winners and taking an all-star jockey competition at Lone Star Park near Dallas.
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By Tom Keyser | December 20, 1997
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.
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May 14, 1997
HOW IMPORTANT is the Preakness Stakes to Maryland racing? Without Saturday's hoopla and the huge throng of fans crowding into Pimlico, the state's two main thoroughbred tracks would be drowning in millions of dollars of red ink.Last year, for instance, the Preakness generated $4.2 million in net income. Minus that glorious payoff, Pimlico and Laurel would have finished 1996 about $2.5 million in debt.The Preakness is the Superbowl of Maryland racing. This is the day when the nation's thoroughbred industry focuses on Old Hilltop and the Run for the Black-Eyed Susans.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | May 16, 1992
Miss Legality blazed through a half mile Sunday in her final workout for the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.It was a harbinger.The 4-1 third choice in the betting , she made a shambles of seven rivals in the real thing yesterday, leading at every post to win by 1 1/2 lengths.Spinning Round, the even-money favorite, was never in contention and finished sixth."I said to Chris (jockey Chris McCarron) that if she takes the lead, let her go," said trainer Sonny Hine, who has Technology in the Preakness today.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1997
Jockey Edgar Prado reached another plateau at Laurel Park yesterday, riding four winners to move past Canadian Sandy Hawley's 515 in a year.Prado's total of 517 victories places him third on the all-time list behind Chris McCarron (546 in 1974) and Kent Desormeaux (598 in 1989) among riders campaigning in North America.With nine racing days remaining in 1997, Prado is not likely to approach Desormeaux's record, but he could challenge McCarron by averaging slightly more than three victories daily.
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By Bill Christine and Bill Christine,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 24, 2002
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A man of many scripts - mostly compelling ones - Chris McCarron climaxed more than 28 years as a jockey yesterday by riding Came Home to a two-length win in the $107,500 Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood Park. It was the 34,230th race and the 7,141st win of McCarron's career, and the $64,500 winner's share boosted the 47-year-old Hall of Famer's record purse total to $264,351,579. McCarron's second win yesterday came two days after he had made his last out-of-town appearance by riding two winners and taking an all-star jockey competition at Lone Star Park near Dallas.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | January 8, 2000
Jockey Steve Hamilton, a fixture on the Maryland racing circuit for nine years, is leaving the state to return to Oklahoma, where he has purchased a 190-acre farm. Known as "The Cowboy" after riding bulls as well as thoroughbreds in Oklahoma, Hamilton won the 1998 Federico Tesio Stakes with Thomas Jo (who later finished third in the Belmont under Chris McCarron) and rode a number of other fine stakes horses, including Mz. Zill Bear (1995 Maryland Million Ladies winner) and grass specialist John's Call.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF | December 22, 1998
Edgar Prado may leave the racetrack, but never the horses.Thundering thoroughbreds in photos and paintings hang on the walls of his home in Woodstock. Cupboards and coffee tables gleam with equine trophies. In Prado's living room, a big-screen TV trumpets race after race from track after track, an endless montage of flying hooves.It's the jockey's day off, and he's immersed in the ponies.Prado, who on Friday celebrated a milestone -- 1,000 wins over two years -- watches videotapes of each victory not to savor the race, but to pick it apart.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | December 21, 1997
After four races trying to record his 3,000th victory, Edgar Prado might have asked for a favor from above. The racing gods bestowed upon him a horse named Praise Heaven. What the gods giveth, Prado rideth home.At the end of a year when Prado joined the elite of his profession, the 30-year-old jockey won his 3,000th race aboard Praise Heaven in yesterday's fourth race at Laurel Park. After winning his 2,999th in Friday's seventh race, Prado's mounts fell short in Friday's last two races and in yesterday's second and third.
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By Tom Keyser | December 20, 1997
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.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1997
Jockey Edgar Prado reached another plateau at Laurel Park yesterday, riding four winners to move past Canadian Sandy Hawley's 515 in a year.Prado's total of 517 victories places him third on the all-time list behind Chris McCarron (546 in 1974) and Kent Desormeaux (598 in 1989) among riders campaigning in North America.With nine racing days remaining in 1997, Prado is not likely to approach Desormeaux's record, but he could challenge McCarron by averaging slightly more than three victories daily.
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By Bill Tanton | May 17, 1994
At the Pimlico stakes barn early yesterday morning, Ed Seigenfeld was asked who he likes in the Preakness Saturday."I like any horse who has won the Kentucky Derby," he said.Of course he does. The New York-based Seigenfeld, Johns Hopkins class of '58, is executive director of Chrysler's $5 million Triple Crown challenge. Doing away with the point system used in recent years, Chrysler only will pay a bonus to a horse that captures the Triple Crown.It's the greatest honor in racing, winning the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes in the same year.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 21, 2005
He was on the golf course Tuesday evening when the call came to ride in the Kentucky Derby. "Getting the assignment was the easy part," said jockey Jeremy Rose. "Now, I just have to capitalize on it." Rose became the latest in a line of former Maryland apprentice standouts - Chris McCarron and Kent Desormeaux immediately come to mind - to burst into the national spotlight when trainer Tim Ritchey informed him he had gained the assignment on Afleet Alex for the world's most famous race on May 7. At Pimlico's opening day yesterday to race aboard two Michael Gill-owned horses, Rose was reveling in his good fortune after steering Afleet Alex to a convincing, eighth-length victory Saturday in the Arkansas Derby, the same steppingstone used by Smarty Jones to reach Churchill Downs last year.
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By Kent Baker | November 26, 1997
Edgar Prado's race toward 500 victories this year will be a prominent factor when Laurel Park stages $100,000 stakes events on three consecutive cards beginning Thanksgiving Day.A full field is expected for the opener of the rich weekend, the Grade III Anne Arundel for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles. Prado will be aboard probable favorite Snit, who has won three straight.The Annapolis, a 3-year-old race at 1 1/8 miles Friday, will include Prado on another strong contender, the Carlos Garcia-trained Sharp Prospectus.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1997
Edgar Prado can't remember the last time he took a day off. But he knows precisely why he's working seven days a week.The dominant jockey in Maryland throughout the 1990s, Prado is closing in on one of horse racing's most elusive marks. He is 50 victories shy of 500 in one year.Only three jockeys have ever topped 500. With 64 days left in 1997 and Prado winning a race or two or three a day, he seems assured of joining the exclusive 500 club."To reach 500 would be excellent," said Prado, a 30-year-old native of Peru.
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