Prado Hospitalized, Released After Spill
Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2008 4:28 PM
Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 6:31 PM
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Edgar Prado was hospitalized, but was quickly released April 23 following a spill at Keeneland Race Course. The Peruvian jockey, who will ride Adriano in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) for trainer H. Graham Motion, had been aboard another Motion trainee in the seventh race at the Lexington oval when the accident occurred.
Motion sent out Richard Thompson’s May Meeting, a 3-year-old Diktat filly bred in Britain, to her fifth start in the 1 1/8-mile turf event, which went off at 4:11 p.m. (EDT). She dropped Prado soon after the start, but did not appear to be injured, according to reports from Keeneland.
Assistant starters carried Prado, who learned earlier this week that he had been elected to Thoroughbred Racing’s Hall of Fame, off the course before the field raced past the starting point.
Prado walked to the ambulance and was sent to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for precautionary X-rays after being examined in the first-aid room. By 6:15 p.m., he was ready to be released with a clean bill of health.
“He seems to be OK, and everything checked out fine,” agent Bob Frieze said from the hospital. Frieze did not say which areas of Prado's body had been X-rayed.
Prado has ridden in the past eight Derbys, with a win in 2006 aboard the Michael Matz-trained Barbaro and an 18th-place finish last year on Scat Daddy for trainer Todd Pletcher.
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