My Guy Barbaro: A Jockeys Journey Through Love, Triumph, and Heartbreak

My Guy Barbaro by Edgar Prado
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But this book doesn't focus exclusively on Barbaro, instead, it tells the story of the strong bond that developed between horse and rider, and how that subtle bond formed the framework of the brilliant team comprised of Barbaro and Edgar Prado. Prado felt a connection to this horse like no other in the thousands he'd been on before. Put one tiny hand on the bridle, one tiny hand on Barbaro's left wither to support the now-favored, now-shrapnelled right hind limb. How people formed a bond to a racehorse? This was announced during a press conference on Wednesday, December View All Products. King's Bishop b.

Throughout this entire book, I felt as though I was sitting with Edgar Prado in my watering hole, drinking a beer and sharing a plate of nachos, listening to him tell an amazing story, a story that I was breathless to hear, even though I know how it ends. This plain-spoken but heartfelt book begins with a text message that Prado received on his cell phone while he was sitting in the jockey's room at Belmont Park. Translated from Prado's native Spanish, this message said; "'You don't know me and I don't know you but God put you on this earth for one purpose.

Whatever you do in life, make sure you fulfill that purpose. But let's tell the story, first. The initial chapter starts with the first time Prado ever set eyes on Barbaro.

A Jockey's Journey Through Love, Triumph, and Heartbreak

Actually, since Prado was riding another horse in the same race, he mostly saw Barbaro's butt as that horse accelerated easily away from a field of two-year-old thoroughbreds in the Laurel Futurity. Prado, impressed, writes "[m]y horse had basically stopped running when he saw Barbaro pull away. I swore the sight had depressed him. But it had thrilled me. When you see a horse accelerate and finish like that..

After that encounter, Prado asked his agent to set things up so he could ride Barbaro. Because Prado is one of the best jockeys in racing, he got his wish: He rode Barbaro in his next race and then throughout the remainder of his illustrious career.

Prado fondly recalls his "first date" with the victorious Barbaro thusly;. I could hear the other horses around me blowing like air-conditioning units, worn out from the race. Barbaro was barely breathing hard. He seemed ready for more and disappointed that he had to stop. He glanced back with a quizzical look, as if to say, "That's it? That's all?

Prado clearly admires Barbaro, waxing poetic about his running style, describing it as a work of art like a book by Shakespeare, a painting by Picasso, or touchdown passes by Peyton Manning. But this book doesn't focus exclusively on Barbaro, instead, it tells the story of the strong bond that developed between horse and rider, and how that subtle bond formed the framework of the brilliant team comprised of Barbaro and Edgar Prado.

Unlike Barbaro, who had a high-class pedigree, we learn that Prado came from humble beginnings in Peru. As we read about Prado's childhood, he tells us that he is the second-to-the-youngest in a family of eleven children and we learn where his work ethic came from; how his poor family had to work incredibly hard just to earn enough money to buy groceries; how his mother demanded that all her children do things "the right way"; how his dream was to become a lawyer; and how his father and older siblings, all of whom worked at the local racetrack, Monterrico, helped him develop into that track's top jockey -- at age seventeen.

Amazingly, Prado accomplished all this while still attending school full-time. After we learn a little about Prado's childhood, we also learn about the great jockey's role in Barbaro's childhood, so to speak. He discusses Barbaro's tremendous natural talent on, and preference for, running on turf grass surfaces and the abrupt and surprising switch to dirt tracks -- so the horse could compete in the Triple Crown races as a three-year-old. Prado describes the different running styles that are necessary to compete successfully on a turf versus a dirt track.

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He speculates that Barbaro's fondness for running on grass surfaces despite becoming comfortable on dirt tracks combined with standing on grass instead of a hard concrete floor while being saddled prior to the Preakness Stakes may have contributed to his injury in the opening strides of that race;.

Now he was being saddled on grass, and I think.. He was a turf horse at heart.. The longer he stood on the grass, the more excited he became. He breathed harder. His muscles tensed. He was noticeably pumped up by the time I got on him, and he was.. Before his prior races he had always been cool and confident but now, he seemed restless, unsettled.

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A new superstar appeared on the American sports landscape in the spring of Barbaro, a three-year-old racehorse, won the Kentucky Derby by the largest margin of victory in sixty years, stirring talk of a possible Triple Crown. My Guy Barbaro: A Jockey's Journey Through Love, Triumph, and Heartbreak [​Edgar Prado, John Eisenberg] on nobsratlmelreter.gq *FREE* shipping on qualifying.

Prado describes Barbaro's uncharacteristic behavior when he kicked open his starting gate before the Preakness Stakes started, and how he began running down the track, alone.