Dutrow rips jockey for rival horse
Outspoken Big Brown trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. had some harsh words for jockey Edgar Prado, who often rides for him but was aboard a competitor during the Preakness.
Outspoken Big Brown trainer
Rick Dutrow Jr.
had some harsh words for jockey
who often rides for him but was aboard a competitor during the Preakness.
Asked yesterday to elaborate on comments made after Big Brown's win Saturday, Dutrow suggested that Prado, on longshot Riley Tucker, needlessly tried to block Big Brown, who heads into the Belmont Stakes with a shot at the Triple Crown.
"It looked like he was just trying to keep our horse in the box," Dutrow said. "It didn't look like he was out to get the best finish out of his horse."
During the first turn, Big Brown was on the rail with Riley Tucker outside of him. Riley Tucker briefly angled toward Big Brown, but it appeared that was the result of being bumped by Hey Byrn.
Prado said he did nothing inappropriate. "I got paid to win the race, not to pay favors," Prado said in a phone interview between races at Belmont Park.
Prado, a Hall of Fame jockey, was set to ride Big Brown in the horse's career debut in September but was injured two races beforehand. Big Brown's owners later chose Kent Desormeaux over Prado for his 3-year-old season.
Prado might ride the horse considered Big Brown's greatest challenge in the Belmont on June 7, Casino Drive.
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