Barbaro Jockey Prado Injured in Saratoga Fall

Jockey Edgar Prado took off his mounts and was hospitalized with a possible injured right ankle following a Sept.1 racing accident at Saratoga Race Course.

The jockey rode Christophe Clement trainee Admiral Bird to a second-place finish for Dogwood Stable in the seventh race of the day, a 1-mile allowance optional claiming event on the inner turf, and was galloping out around the clubhouse turn. He was unseated when Good Going Darl, under Cornelio Velasquez, came out from the inside fence and pushed another runner into Admiral Bird, said jockey Garrett Gomez.

"The horse on the inside floated and I don't know exactly whose fault it was," Gomez said. "There was a pack of about four of us galloping out and when the inside horse came over it caused his horse to stumble. I heard him hollering and then he went off."

Prado fell to the turf course and remained on the ground as paramedics stabilized his position. He was removed from the track via ambulance after several minutes and was transported directly to Albany Medical Center.

"He hurt his ankle, but he seemed okay, he was conscious," said the jockey's agent, Bob Frieze.  

"He was galloping out when a horse came over and dropped him," Clement said. "My horse recovered okay, he was fine." 

No further updates on Prado's condition were immediately available.

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Claire Novak

Winner of the 2011 Eclipse Award for Feature/Commentary and the 2008 Louisville Metro Journalism Award for Sports Writing, Claire Novak has melded her love for human-interest journalism and the equine breed into a successful Turf writing career. Since her first freelance article on racing was published at in 2005, her byline has appeared in the New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, and on, among others. She lives near Lexington and, when not writing about racing, can often be found jumping her Thoroughbred, Bob.

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