Jockey Edgar Prado lit up the tote board on Saturday in the Delaware Oaks and also won a stakes race on the under card previous to that Oaks win. That effort helped him secure the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week Award for July 6th – July 12th. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America.
Prado kicked of his stakes winning double with a victory in the Cape Henlopen Stakes aboard Holiday Star for trainer Graham Motion. The win payout of $13.20 would almost always seem like a square price for a rider of Edgar’s ability but for fans of the Eclipse winning rider there was more to come.
Just a few races later Prado would get a leg up in the paddock to ride trainer Kelly Breen’s Calamity Kate in the Grade III Delaware Oaks at odds of 54-1. She was sent off by the public as the longest shot on the board. Those odds were skewed a bit by the heavily bet favorite Lovely Maria, who went post-ward at odds of 2-5.
Edgar took the fight right to the field of eight and broke alertly with his longshot mount crossing over quickly to the rail to dictate terms. Calamity Kate got away with moderate fractions early, but when the time came to run, the 3-year-old filly did just that. As the field bunched up at the top of the lane Prado asked his mount and she quickly responded by opening up an immediate three length lead with an eighth of a mile to travel.
The final time for 1 1/16 miles on a fast track was 1:41.79, just a fifth of a second off the track record set in 1998 and returned fans of Calamity Kate and Prado a triple digit mutuel with a win payout of $110.80.
For the week Prado finished with four wins, one second, and two thirds from 11 mounts for earnings of $265,190.
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