Johnston, Prado remain tied in jockey standings

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The deadlock between Mark Johnston and Edgar Prado in the battle for the leading jockey's title at Laurel Race Course might be broken today.

With two days remaining during the Laurel summer meet, Johnston and Prado each has ridden 35 winners. Both jockeys were blanked on yesterday's card.

Johnston has eight mounts today, including the ride on Beware The Quest in the featured Humphrey S. Finney Stakes. Prado rides in six races and is aboard favored Dixie Power in the Finney.

Johnston, 23, is going for his first riding title since he led the standings as an apprentice during the summer meets at Laurel and Pimlico in 1990.

Prado, 27, has won 11 riding titles at Laurel and Pimlico since 1990 and has led all Maryland jockeys in the annual standings for the last three years.

The Finney will be the second leg of the seven stakes offered in the National Best Seven and boasts the largest field of any of the races offered today in the national wager. A field of 13 Maryland-bred 3-year-olds is scheduled to start in the $60,000 race at 9 furlongs on the turf.

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