The seventh race at the Gulfstream Park earlier this week was a dangerous one for Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado after he was unseated from his horse, Legs Like Betty. It was her fourth career start.
Legs Like Betty had broken from the outside post in the maiden turf spring, bolted to the outside fence and then dumped Prado, leading to the injuries. Following the accident, Legs Like Betty jumped over the temporary outer rail, and was eventually chased down by outriders.
Initially, the injury concerns for Prado were minor, but that was far from the case, as he has been diagnosed with having broken six of his ribs. The rib injuries sustained by Prado will keep him out of riding action for around two months (six-to-eight weeks).
Prado had complained of chest soreness when he was first taken to Memorial Regional Hospital following the spill, and the original x-rays came back clean, according to his agent Bob Klesaris. However, Klesaris said “another scan revealed six broken ribs, three on each side.” There was also a laceration found under Prado’s chin.
“Ribs are tricky things. It could be four weeks and it could be eight weeks. We’ll just have to see what happens. He’s still in the hospital this morning but he could be released later today,” said Klesaris.
We wish Prado a speedy recovery.