Prado kicks off '99 with 4 winners


Edgar Prado, the nation's winningest jockey each of the past two years, started fast in 1999 by riding four winners yesterday at Laurel Park, including a front-running victory aboard Lipstick in the $35,000 Toes Knows Stakes for fillies and mares.

Prado gunned the 5-year-old daughter of Smarten straight to the lead and beat eight others to the wire, including runner-up Darling's Bid, in 1: 05 for 5 1/2 furlongs. Tookin Down took third.

"She broke very well and made the front pretty easily," Prado said. "When that other horse [Darling's Bid] came to her, I just smooched to her one time and she took off."

Lipstick paid $6.60 and headed a 3-2 exacta that returned $44.80.

Pub Date: 1/02/99

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