Edgar Prado, Gulfstream Park's jockey champion two years ago and perennially among the local leading riders in recent seasons, rode his 5,000th career victory in Saturday's Swale Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds aboard Wynn Dot Comma.Prado, 36, scored the milestone win aboard Martin L. Cherry's sophomore colt trained by Marty Wolfson.Prado was congratulated on his achievement by Gulfstream Park president Scott Savin during winner's circle ceremonies immediately following the Swale, the 10th race on Saturday's Florida Derby Day program. "I was working real hard since yesterday to get this win," said Prado. "Like I said before, this is both an end and a beginning for me, because now is the time to start working toward 6,000 wins. "The way I figured it in this race, I had two horses to beat, " Prado added. "One was a sprinter (Chapel Royal) and one was a closer (Eurosilver), and everything worked out perfect."Prado ranks sixth among active riders. The leader is Pat Day, with more than 8,600. Recently retired Laffit Pincay Jr. is the overall leader with 9,531 victories.Born in Lima, Peru, and now a resident of Hollywood, Florida, Prado became the 19th jockey in Thoroughbred racing history to reach the 5,000-win mark. The popular reinsman moved to the cusp with a five-win day Thursday – the best single day performance by any jockey during the current Gulfstream season.Prado, the leading rider in the nation for three straight years from 1997-99, began his career in Peru in 1984 before coming to the United States in 1986. He rode his 4,000th winner at Belmont Park in May of 2000.
Among Prado's career highlights are a win in the 2002 Belmont Stakes aboard Sarava at 70-1, and a triumph earlier that year in the Florida Derby astride Harlan's Holiday.(Chart, Equibase)