Hall of Famer Edgar Prado scored stakes wins in Florida and Kentucky and was named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for April 20-26. With eight wins in 28 mounts, Prado obviously impressed the voting panel with his win rate of 28.5% against top company at Gulfstream Park and Keeneland.
In the Bewitch Stakes, a Grade 3 event on closing day of the Keeneland Spring meeting, Kitten’s Point scored a half length victory under a well-timed ride by Prado. The Graham Motion trainee scored a mild upset in the evenly matched field, with a win payoff of $13.60.
Prado rode the rest of the week at Gulfstream Park, where he guided City of Weston to victory in the Blue Heron Handicap. In the seven furlong stakes race, City of Weston was involved in a stretch long duel with even money favorite Grande Shores and prevailed by a neck under strong handling by Prado.
The 47-year-old native of Lima, Peru, who won an Eclipse Award in 2006 as North America’s leading jockey, rode mounts with earnings of $254,988 for the week.
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