Prescott off to strong start for both breeds

After the first six days of competition, Rodney Prescott has jumped out to an early lead in the Quarter Horse standings. The native of Portland, Ind. won the first race of the year Tuesday, April 19 aboard One Baad Chick and the second race of the season Wednesday, April 20 aboard HF Paint Me A Storm. Both horses are trained by Randy Haffner.

A jockey since 1995, Prescott has competed in all 22 seasons of Thoroughbred racing in the state of Indiana. He grew up with Haffner in his hometown of Portland, Ind. and they both attended Jay County High School. Both also had a love for horses early and Prescott even competed in contests at area horse shows before venturing into horse racing. He first began as a full time Thoroughbred jockey and was an apprentice during the first year of racing at Hoosier Park in 1995. When Quarter Horse racing began in 1997, both Haffner and Prescott teamed up and have fared well over the years in the Quarter Horse ranks.

Out of the first seven Quarter Horse races carded over the first six programs, Prescott has won three of them and earned one second. His third win was recorded Wednesday, April 27 aboard HF Cmon Man for Trainer Matt Frazier.

Prescott, who is a multiple Graded Stakes placed jockey in Thoroughbred racing, earned the biggest purse win of his career in 2015 when he guided Megatron Harry to victory in the $199,200 Gordon Mobley Futurity for trainer Randy Smith. Prescott finished fifth in the Quarter Horse jockey standings in 2015 and third in the Thoroughbred jockey standings, marking the highest finish in both breeds during one season for a jockey.

As a Thoroughbred jockey, Prescott’s best year to date was in 2005 when he finished second in the nation in wins with 340 trips to the winner’s circle followed by a ninth place finish in the nation in 2006, earning 283 wins. To date, Prescott has won nearly 3,400 Thoroughbred races and purse earnings in excess of $42 million. He has also competed in more than 26,600 races during his 21-year career.

Prescott, who has only missed the top 10 Thoroughbred jockeys one time in 14 years of racing at Indiana Grand, won the title in 2005. This season, he is among the top five once again in the Thoroughbred standings as well as leading the early race for leading Quarter Horse jockey.

Prescott is also the track’s all-time leading jockey with 691 wins and counting. He is ranked sixth on the list of all-time leading Quarter Horse jockeys at Indiana Grand with 62 career wins and counting.