Prado, 40, reached the top of the sport after years of hard work and dedication. He rode his first winner in Peru in 1983 and was a leading rider there before coming to the U.S. in 1986. After eking out a living on the Florida circuit, he moved to Maryland and led the nation in wins three consecutive years, from 1997-1999. After establishing a presence in Maryland, he moved his tack to the tougher New York circuit and became one of the nation's elite riders. His major victories, besides the Derby win, include two scores in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and three Breeders' Cup wins.
Career wins: 6,050
Born: June 12, 1967, Lima, Peru
Residence: Miami, Fla.
Family: wife Liliana; children Patricia, Edgar Jr., and Luis. His father was a trainer in Peru; brother Jorge, a former jockey, is a trainer in Maryland, and another brother, Anibal, rides at Philadelphia Park.
Favorite sport: "Soccer, when I was in school I played."
Most hated chore: "I’m pretty neat, I don't mind helping with the things we do around the house."
The fastest I've ever driven was: "The 80s. I don't drive that fast."
One thing I wish people knew about jockeys: "We’re not all the same. Everybody is reaching and trying to make a lot of money, but 80% of the riders don’t make good money; most people are just scraping by."