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Edgar Prado: equalled Angel Cordero’s career mark in North America. Photo: Gulfstream Park

Edgar Prado matches his idol Angel Cordero – but not without a hiccup

USA: Veteran jockey Edgar Prado was overjoyed to equal Angel Cordero’s mark for career victories in North America when he partnered Cory Gal to a front-running victory in the fourth race at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday March 25.

His former colleague Ramon Dominguez, now president of the New York racetrack chaplaincy, was among those to congratulate the 52-year-old on his 7,057th career success, enough for a tie in eighth place alongside Cordero on the all-time list according to Equibase, official keeper of the US stats.

“It’s an honour to reach that goal and tie Angel Cordero,” Prado said. “Hopefully, I’ll go by him one of these days, but it’s an honour.”

Except that this was a case of premature celebration. Because almost simultaneously, Equibase received an official notice that Prado had lost a winner via DQ for a positive post-race test from way back on April 14, 2015, when he won on Kitten’s Point at Keeneland.

After a lengthy appeals procedure, Kitten’s Point was finally thrown out within hours of Prado’s apparent milestone winner last week at Gulfstream.

So, almost as soon as he matched Cordero, Prado was back down to 7,056. As it transpired, however, he didn’t stay there for long, as he rode Belgrano to win a claimer at Gulfstream on Thursday’s card, thereby equalling Cordero for the second time.

Prado’s first US success came on Single Love at Calder in June 1986. The Hall of Famer’s overall career total, including victories as an apprentice in his native Peru, now stands at 7,358.

Numerical marvel Russell Baze, who retired in June 2016, sits atop Equibase’s North American list – where North America signifies the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, that is – with his career total of 12,842 victories.

Baze also had two victories in Brazil (not recognised by Equibase) takes him up to 12,844 overall. He is second on the world all-time list behind Buenos Aires-based Jorge Ricardo, the Brazilian legend who has 12,992 winners to his name.

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