Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, a winner of more than 7,000 career races in North America, took so social media this week calling it “sad” that age factored in determining he can no longer ride in Saudi Arabia.
Prado, 51, posted to his Twitter account a copy of Saudi Arabian rules saying licensed riders must be no younger than 16 and no older than 50 -- something he didn't know until making a recent move overseas.
“I wish I could be more informed about (this rule) before I left USA and my business,” Prado tweeted, “to ride here under contract.”
returned back to america after i find out i can’t get license here in saudi arabia from the jockey club, because of my age, anyway thank you so much to mr Adelal Almazroa, i wish i could be more informed about before i left USA and my business, to ride here under contract, SAD ! pic.twitter.com/3HkZ0E1yu6— edgar prado (@edgarp5361997) February 21, 2019
By Feb. 1, he was riding overseas, at least until discovered to be too old for it.
Prado’s news comes amidst a golden age for older jockeys, as Mike Smith (53) won the Triple Crown in 2018 aboard Justify and recently retired Gary Stevens (55) won a Breeders’ Cup race as recently as 2016 aboard Beholder in the Distaff.