Jockey Edgar Prado, who missed the Breeders’ Cup races Oct. 26-27 while recovering from a broken right ankle, is named to ride one mount Nov. 3 at Aqueduct for the first time since his Sept. 1 spill.
“He’s been galloping horses and he feels fine,” said the jockey’s agent, Bob Frieze. “We had some calls in other races but they just didn’t go when the races were drawn; they were a bunch of extras.”
Prado, the winner of last year’s Eclipse Award for outstanding jockey and best known for his partnership with Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro, will be aboard the 3-year-old Giant Chieftan for trainer Stanley Hough in the ninth race on Aqueduct’s Nov. 3 card. He has been sidelined since the Sept. 1 accident, when he was unseated while galloping around the clubhouse turn aboard the Christophe Clement-trained Admiral Bird in the seventh race of the day at Saratoga.
Although Prado began physical therapy Sept. 28 and received medical clearance to get back on horses Oct. 13, he said at that time he would not seek Breeders’ Cup mounts if he did not feel able to ride to the best of his ability.
“That’s why we didn’t (ride Breeders’ Cup),” Frieze said. “There’s no use to rush it if you’re not 100%. We didn’t feel it would be fair to the people.”
According to Frieze, Prado will be based at Aqueduct and will travel to ride stakes races at various tracks, including Churchill Downs, until the Gulfstream Park meet begins Jan. 3 in Florida.