Edgar Prado returns to the saddle from injury

Hallandale Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado
returned Wednesday to riding just days after suffering an accident at
Gulfstream Park.

The 47-year-old Prado picked up four mounts on Wednesday’s card, his first
since the spill on Tuesday, Dec. 23. He had minor plastic surgery for a
laceration above his right eye and hurt his right hand,

“I think I was blessed that nothing happened worse than it did,” Prado said.
“Thank God I had an angel protecting me during the fall. I am happy to come
back to work. I try to stay active and get back in a rhythm, put it in the
past and look forward to 2015.

“I was getting on horses and feeling OK. It’s not the same as riding in the
afternoon, but when the adrenaline kicks in you forget about everything.”

Prado, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008, was dumped from his mount in
Tuesday’s seventh race. For the year, Prado has 97 wins from 552 mounts and
$3,894,387. He is currently sixth in the riding standings at Gulfstream’s
current meet with nine wins and $258,390.