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JOCKEY EDGAR PRADO NAMED PREAKNESS HONORARY POSTMASTER

To be Recognized Thursday, May 17 at Alibi Breakfast

BALTIMORE – Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, who has won 24 riding titles in Maryland and rode 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, has been named the Honorary Postmaster for Preakness 143.

     Prado, who is two wins away from becoming only the eighth jockey with 7,000 wins, will be recognized Thursday, May 17 at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico Race Course. 

     Since 1996, the United States Postal Service has opened a temporary Preakness station the week of the Preakness. Past honorary postmasters have included Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert, D. Wayne Lukas and Nick Zito, champions Cigar and Ben’s Cat, and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

     Prado, who led the country in wins from 1997-99, earned an Eclipse Award as the nation’s leading jockey in 2006. His mounts have earned purses in excess of $266 million, ranking him seventh all-time. 

     The Alibi Breakfast, which began in the 1930’s on the porch of the historic Pimlico Clubhouse, features a gathering of media, owners, trainers, jockeys, horsemen and fans to celebrate the Preakness and gain interesting and humorous race predictions. 

About Pimlico Race Course

Legendary Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness® Stakes, the Middle Jewel in horse racing’s famed Triple Crown, first opened its doors on October 25, 1870, and is the second oldest racetrack in the United States. Pimlico has played host to racing icons and Baltimoreans have seen the likes of legendary horses such as Man o’ War, Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Affirmed, American Pharoah and Cigar thunder down the stretch in thrilling and memorable competition. For more information on Pimlico, visit www.pimlico.com.

The Stronach Group is North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, home of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America’s top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world’s largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry. For more information contact David Joseph at david.joseph@marylandracing.com or call 954.658.7156.