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Prado released from hospital

Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado was released from Memorial Regional Hospital this week to continue his recovery from six broken ribs suffered in a spill at the start of the seventh race Dec. 13 at Gulfstream Park.

"He's out of the hospital. We were there a day and a half, almost two days," Prado's agent, Bob Klesaris, said Dec. 17. "Everything's good. He's going to be out six to eight weeks."

Prado, 48, was injured when his mount, Legs Like Betty, bolted to the outside fence from post 16 in a 7-1/2-furlong maiden turf sprint and dumped the rider before jumping the temporary outer rail onto the main track. After getting up, the 2-year-old filly ran to the top of the stretch where she was caught by outriders.

After Prado's original X-rays came up clean, a second scan revealed three broken ribs on each side, Klesaris said. Prado will need a period of inactivity before he can begin rehabilitation.

"He's got to rest for two weeks before he can do anything, and it's going to take six to seven weeks for the ribs to heal," Klesaris said. "Like anybody else, he's disappointed."