With more stakes wins than any other North American jockey, Richard Eramia was voted Jockey of the Week for October 12 through October 18. The award, which is voted on by a panel of racing industry experts, is for jockeys who are members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 active riders in the United States as well as retired and permanently disabled jockeys.
With mounts in eight of the ten stakes races on Oklahoma Classics Night for top Oklahoma-breds in divisional stakes competition, Eramia made four trips to the winner’s circle. All four of his stakes wins were for different trainers. He won three stakes in a row starting with Number One Dude for trainer Kari Craddock in the Oklahoma Classics Juvenile. Number One Dude set the pace early in the six-furlong sprint and prevailed by a length. For trainer Donnie Von Hemel. Eramia had the mount on She’s All Wolfe who rallied from off the pace and hooked up with Lady Orchid over the final yards, with the two bobbing heads to the finish. Trainer Kenny Smith called on Eramia to ride Three Chords in the Oklahoma Classics Sprint and blew away the competition by 5-1/4 lengths going six furlongs. Eramia capped the evening by winning the Oklahoma Classics Starter Stakes under Rockport Kat for trainer Theresa Luneack.
A native of Uruguay, Eramia began his riding career there and also rode in Argentina and Brazil before coming to the U.S. in 2005. He earned his first graded stakes win in 2012 aboard Gantry in the Grade II Smile Sprint Handicap. In 2019, he won the Grade III Super Derby with Rotation for trainer Steve Asmussen and last month, he won the Grade III Oklahoma Derby with Shared Belief for trainer Brad Cox.
Eramia’s weekly stats were 29-6-6-3 for a 21% win percentage and 52% in-the-money percentage and total purse earnings of $326,693.
Eramia out-polled fellow jockeys David Cabrera who won two stakes at Remington, Kyle Frey, the week’s leading rider by wins, Manuel Franco who won two graded stakes at Keeneland and Rafael Manuel Hernandez who won the Grade I E.P. Taylor at Woodbine.