Edgar Prado

Edgar Prado

Anne M. Eberhardt

Prado Pledges Support to Charities

Edited press release

Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado will donate 5% of winnings from his mounts in this month’s World Championships to Breeders’ Cup Charities and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Prado is dedicating his potential Breeders’ Cup earnings to his mother, Zenaida Prado, who died of breast cancer in February of 2006, prior to his victory aboard Barbaro in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and subsequent induction into Racing’s Hall of Fame in August.

The primary beneficiaries of Breeders’ Cup Charities are: Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Breeders’ Cup Charities also will support causes in southern California and Thoroughbred industry charities.

“We are grateful for Edgar’s generous pledge in the name of his late mother at this year’s Breeders’ Cup,” said Greg Avioli, president and chief executive officer of the Breeders’ Cup.  “Over the years, Edgar has been the epitome of talent and class on and off the racetrack, and we welcome his support to these important causes.”

The pledge by Prado is the fourth commitment from the Thoroughbred industry to Breeders’ Cup Charities, which was established this year to further community outreach efforts in conjunction with the 2008 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.  Pamela and Martin Wygod, on behalf of WebMD Health Foundation, made the first contribution to Breeders’ Cup Charities, donating $250,000. Earlier this month, IEAH Stables, owners of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown, pledged a portion of all of its starters’ earnings at the Breeders’ Cup, to Breeders’ Cup Charities. Former Hollywood Park President and current Breeders’ Cup Vice Chairman R.D. Hubbard, on behalf of the R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation, last week donated $50,000 to Breeders’ Cup Charities.