JOCKEY RICHARD ERAMIA TRIPLES, SCORES RICHEST RACE OF THE EVENING ON GREAT FACES
Jockey Richard Eramia turned on the afterburners Friday night at Remington Park with three wins, including a trip to the winner’s circle aboard Great Faces in the featured Oklahoma-bred allowance race with the top purse of the night.
Eramia’s win aboard Great Faces was for trainer Donnie Von Hemel and owners Jack Schuyler and Kevin Keiser of Winner, S.D. The 3-year-old gelded son of Tapiture, out of the Successful Appeal mare Successful Show, was sent off at 7-2 odds and finished 1-1/2 lengths in front in the one-mile race for Oklahoma-breds at the first-level allowance level. He paid $9, $4 and $3.40 across the board to win, place and show.
Eramia sat in fourth place for the first half-mile and made his move, coming into the stretch. At the top of the lane, he took a half-length lead and then stretched it out. The 6-5 favorite, Tonaltalitarian, ran second for the third race in a row. He was four lengths in front of Absaroka (16-1) who got up for third place.
Great Faces earned $21,819 from the $38,250 purse to improve his running line to nine starts, two wins, three seconds and one third for $79,318 in his bankroll. He covered the mile in 1:39.28 over a fast track. Wranglered and Lord Stratton dueled to set the early pace of :24.47 for the quarter-mile and :48.77 for the half-mile. Great Faces then had the advantage at three-quarters of a mile in 1:13.59.
Great Faces had taken seven tries before he won his first race against maiden Oklahoma-breds on Nov. 1 at Remington Park, but he had shown some promise in the spring at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla. Great Faces had run second in the $55,000 Will Rogers Stakes. He had also nearly broken his maiden at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., with claiming $75,000 horses, only to be turned back by a neck on March 8.
Eramia’s riding triple started in race three aboard Denver City ($7.60 to win). He continued in the fourth race on First Alternate ($12.60).
The three wins moved Eramia into fourth place in the jockey standings, jumping ahead of Sophie Doyle. Eramia now has 40 wins in fourth to Doyle’s 38. She was kept out of the winner’s circle on Friday. The top five are David Cabrera, two wins Friday night, giving him 77 for the meet; Stewart Elliott, two wins Friday, 56; Ramon Vazquez, 54, then Eramia and Doyle. Cabrera appears well on his way to his third riding title in a row at Remington Park.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday, Dec. 5 with the first race at 7:07pm-Central.
Tracked by more than 164,000 fans on Facebook and 10,500 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $252 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park is open daily for casino gaming and simulcast horse racing. The $200,000 Springboard Mile, the top stakes event for 2-year-olds at Remington Park, is featured on Friday, Dec. 18. The 2020 Thoroughbred Season continues through Sunday, Dec. 20. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.