• The week’s significant milestones
7,058 Edgar Prado
USA: When he partnered the two-year-old Flying Aletha to a 5½-length victory at Gulfstream Park on Thursday [May 21], veteran jockey Edgar Prado moved up to eighth place on the all-time list in North America.
The Wesley Ward-trained filly, who may be set for a visit to Royal Ascot, provided win number 7,058 in the US and Canada for 52-year-old Prado, who therefore overtook his fellow Hall of Famer Angel Cordero, according to Equibase figures. Next up seventh-placed Perry Ouzts.
“I’m extremely excited and happy to pass a legend like Cordero,” said Prado. “The next goal is eight away, so hopefully we can get there sooner than later.”
Prado, who won the Kentucky Derby in 2006 on Barbaro, started riding in the States in 1986 and had his first US victory on Single Love at Calder in June 1 that year.
However, Equibase totals do not tell the whole story, as the Peruvian also has 300 victories elsewhere, including from his younger days as an apprentice in Lima.
As a result, he already stood at eighth on the world list in career victories and now has 7,359 wins overall – nearly 6,000 adrift all-time leader Jorge Ricardo, still active in Buenos Aires as he approaches the 13,000th winner of a remarkable career. North American leader is Russell Baze with 12,842 (not counting two in Brazil!)
Hong Kong: There aren’t a multitude of opportunities for top-class middle-distance/staying types in Hong Kong but Exultant has long been at the top of that division in the region since being imported from Ireland, where he raced as Irishcorrespondent and was third in an Irish Guineas for former trainer Mick Halford.
In digging deep to complete back-to-back victories in the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup on Sunday [May 24] – the final G1 of the season – the six-year-old was landing his fifth top-level success.
Exultant’s trainer Tony Cruz has won seven of the last eight editions of the 1m4f contest at Sha Tin. “He’s the better stayer of all of them – he has no speed but he has a great attitude,” Cruz said.
15 Luis Saez
USA: Luis Saez, who leads US jockeys in races won with 132 victories in 2020, has finally dropped his appeal and is currently serving the 15-day suspension he sustained for careless riding in last year’s Kentucky Derby.
In a notorious decision, Saez’s mount Maximum Security was disqualified for interference on the exit to the turn into the straight, handing the race to Country House.
Although that ban runs out on June 3, the Panamanian also faces another seven-day ban dating back nearly 12 months to another careless-riding incident at Belmont Park. Saez lost his appeal in October and was told he had to serve the ban when racing resumed at Belmont Park – which finally happens on June 3.
500 Maxim Pecheur
Germany: Currently standing second in the German jockeys’ title race, Maxim Pecheur partnered the 500th winner of his career when he completed a double at Hanover on Thursday [May 21]. Oriana, a 10-1 shot trained by Bohumil Nedorestek, provided the landmark victory in the 2,200-metre event that was the ninth race of a 12-race card.
87 Steve DiMauro
USA: Former champion trainer Stephen A DiMauro died from cancer at home in Florida on Wednesday [May 20].
The New Jersey native won the Eclipse Award as North America’s outstanding trainer – the de facto champion – in 1975, when his stable star was Wajima, who won the Monmouth Invitational (now Haskell), Travers Stakes and Marlboro Cup. Dearly Precious was also champion two-year-old in 1975.
Described as a “second father” by former leading New York jockey Richard Migliore, DiMauro retired in 2002.