Leading jockey honors at Turfway Park came down to the wire, with Rodney Prescott edging newcomer Luan Machado by one win, 21 to 20. Machado began closing night two behind Prescott and turned up the heat with wins in the second and third races before settling for second place with 20 wins from 106 mounts.
Machado arrived in the United States from his native Brazil in November and has wasted no time turning heads. A graduate of the jockey school at Hipódromo da Gávea in Rio de Janeiro with nearly 300 wins to his credit, Machado moved his tack to the U.S. at the urging of agent Jimmy McNerney and interest from trainer Wesley Ward.
McNerney had noticed the 24-year-old rider when the latter rode Quarteto De Cordas to win the Group 1 Grande Prêmio Brasil, the country's most prestigious race and a Breeders' Cup Challenge Win & You're In qualifier. Machado intends to continue riding at Turfway through the winter/spring meet, which begins Jan. 1 and ends March 30.
The track is scheduled to run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. First post is 6:15 p.m. with the exception of Jan. 1, Jan. 3 and Jeff Ruby Steaks day on Saturday, March 9, when first post will be 1:10 p.m.
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