BENSALEM, Pa. — Jockey Edgar Prado won the 7,000th race of his Hall of Fame career when he piloted Anthony Merlino's The Fundsarelow to victory in the' sixth race at Parx on May 15.

With that total, the Peruvian-born rider now stands in eighth place on the all-time jockey winning list.

When a regular on the Maryland circuit, Prado came into the national spotlight in 1997 when he won an unprecedented 546 races for the year — a feat that made him only the fourth rider to win over 500 races in a calendar year.

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His three wins in classic races started in 2002 when he rode the 70 to1 shot Sarava to win the Belmont. Two years later he spoiled Smarty Jones's bid for the Triple Crown with Birdstone.

In 2006, he was the winning rider aboard the ill-fated Barbaro when that colt won the Kentucky Derby by 6-1/2 lengths, the largest victory margin since Assault's win by eight lengths in 1946.

Since all of the riders ahead of him on the all-time list are now retired, the still active Prado can move up the list.

With thanks to the folks at Parx, here are the riders ahead of him:

  • Russell Baze, 12,842
  • Laffit Pincay, Jr., 9,530
  • Bill Shoemaker, 8,833
  • Pat Day, 8,803
  • David Gall, 7,396
  • Chris McCarron, 7,141
  • Angel Cordero, 7,051.

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