With a victory aboard Anthony Merlino’s Thefundsarelow in the 6th race Tuesday afternoon at Parx, jockey Edgar Prado won the 7,000th race of his Hall of Fame career. Inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame in August of 2008, the Peruvian native stands 8th all-time in career wins.
A regular on the Maryland circuit, Prado came into the national spotlight in 1997, winning an incredible 546 races that year, making him one of only 4 riders to win over 500 races in a year. In 2002, he won his first Classic race, the Belmont Stakes aboard Sarava at odds of just over 70-1, the longest priced winner in the long history of the race. In 2004, he won the Belmont again, winning with Birdstone and denying the immensely popular Smarty Jones the Triple Crown. Galloping out after the race, in a tremendous gesture of sportsmanship, he drew alongside fellow jockey Stewart Elliott aboard Smarty and said, “I’m sorry.” He also won the Kentucky Derby in 2006 aboard the great Barbaro, winning by 6 ½ lengths, the largest margin of victory in the Run for the Roses since Assault won by 8 lengths back in 1946.
The jockeys with more wins all-time, in order, are Russell Baze (12,842), Laffit Pincay, Jr. (9,530), Bill Shoemaker (8,833), Pat Day (8,803), David Gall (7,396), Chris McCarron (7,141), and Angel Cordero, Jr. (7,051). As the only active rider still on that list, Prado has a chance to move even higher.