Veteran rider Edgar Prado showed his versatility this weekend winning a pair of stakes on two different surfaces in two separate states on back-to-back days. That feat along with an incredible win percentage helped him be named this weeks’ Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week Award for the week of April 25th to May 1st. 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.
Edgar booted home his eighth winner of the Gulfstream Park Spring meeting on Saturday when he and Smokem Kitten lead throughout besting seven rivals in the Gr. 3 $100,000 Miami Mile.
“He was acting very sharp in the post parade. When he broke so sharp and got the lead so easy, I didn’t want to fight him,” Prado said. “He was moving along so good every step of the way. At the top of the stretch, he found another gear.”
The Hall-of-Fame rider would head west on Sunday to ride his first ever race at Sunland Park, which boders the city of El Paso Texas, after taking the call aboard even-money favorite Mobile Bay in the $150,000 Sunland Park Handicap for trainer Victor Arceneaux. Edgar would not disappoint after winning the day’s feature event by a comfortable length and a half keeping his Sunland Park record spotless at one–for-one lifetime.
“It was a good effort,” said winning jockey Edgar Prado. “He felt comfortable on the track and it was a nice win. Mobile Bay always gives his best effort.”
The Eclipse award winning rider and winner of three Triple Crown races, including the 2006 Kentucky Derby aboard Barbaro, had a spectacular week overall with six winners from his 12 mounts with two second placings and two more third place finishes. He finished the week as the third leading rider in total earnings with $239,080.
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