BALTIMORE. -- This was supposed to be Edgar Prado's dream come true -- a horse of destiny winning the Preakness on a track where the jockey launched his career.
Instead, Pimlico Race Course will for now will only conjure up nightmares for the Peruvian jockey.
Prado, riding Barbaro, the impressive winner of the Kentucky Derby and the overwhelming favorite yesterday at the track that he used to call home, had to change his ride from trying to win the Preakness to saving hi
Bellamy Road took a wrong turn. Bandini got bamboozled. Afleet Alex was not quite afleet enough.
The three favorites in yesterday's 131st Kentucky Derby were nearly completely shut out of the money at the finish line, with only Afleet Alex managing a third-place finish.
Giacomo - a 50-1 shot - won the race, but it might as well have been Topo Gigio for all anyone will remember about this Derby. There won't be any Triple Crown contender this year.
Giacomo is no Smarty Jo