Hall of Famer Prado deemed too old to ride in Saudi Arabia

February 22, 2019 09:31am
Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado
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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.”

The native of Peru began 2019 riding at Gulfstream Park, where he won one race from 10 starters. He last took a leg up in the U.S. on Jan. 26, when he rode Something Awesome to a 10th-place finish in the Pegasus World Cup (G1).

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.


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