What was initially believed to be minor injuries sustained by Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado when he was unseated from a horse Dec. 13 has now been diagnosed as six broken ribs that will sideline the rider for up to two months.
The 48-year-old Prado was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital complaining of chest soreness after being unseated from his mount, Legs Like Betty, at the start of Gulfstream Park's seventh race. Prado's agent, Bob Klesaris, said the morning of Dec. 14 that original X-rays were clean, "but another scan revealed six broken ribs, three on each side."
Klesaris said Prado, who could be released from the hospital later Monday, also had a laceration under his chin.
"It looks like six to eight weeks," he said. "Ribs are tricky things. It could be four weeks and it could be eight weeks. We'll just have to see what happens. He's still in the hospital this morning but he could be released later today."
Breaking from the outside post in the 7 1/2-furlong maiden turf sprint, Legs Like Betty bolted to the outside fence and dumped Prado. The filly then jumped the temporary outer rail onto the main track. After getting up, the 2-year-old filly ran to the top of the stretch before being caught by outriders.