Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado will be forced to miss mounts in two Grade 1 races at Keeneland this weekend after a training mishap on Thursday morning left him with a fractured vertebrae. Prado announced via Facebook after being released from a Lexington hospital Thursday night that he had broken his C7 vertebrae in an unspecified incident and that he was thankful his injuries were not more serious. He reported that the unnamed horse he was riding was unharmed.
Prado was slated to ride Vinceremos in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday, and Kitten's Point in the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley. Trainer Graham Motion said Rosie Napravnik will pick up the mount on Kitten's Point, who was listed at 5-1 in the morning line. Julien Leparoux was named to ride Vinceremos, according to Daily Racing Form.
Prado's agent, Bob Klesaris, who was not at Keeneland when the mishap occurred, said Prado “was on a horse that wasn't breezing, but threw its head back and knocked him out. He fell from the horse, landing on his shoulder and broke the C7. That's the base bone in the neck.”
Klesaris said the early prognosis was for the 46-year-old Peruvian native to miss 30 days.
Jockey Jose Lezcano bruised his shoulder in the same incident, Keeneland's publicity department reported.
“He is sore and will be off all of his mounts (Friday) but plans to ride Saturday and Sunday,” Keeneland Clerk of Scales Javier Torres said of Lezcano.
Lezcano was named to ride Alkazan Alakazan (BRZ) in Friday's Maker's 46 Mile (G1). Corey Lanerie will now ride the horse.
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