JOCKEY RICHARD ERAMIA WINS FOR 500TH TIME AT REMINGTON PARK ABOARD GHOST CREEK ON THURSDAY NIGHT
Jockey Richard Eramia added another accolade to his storied riding career with his 500th win at Remington Park on Thursday night aboard Ghost Creek in the fifth race on the card.
Eramia is a 44-year-old rider who began his career in Uruguay, South America, his home, and in Argentina, before moving his tack to North America in 2005.
At Remington Park, he has had 3,213 mounts, winning 500 times, running second 463 times and 403 third-place finishes. His horses in Oklahoma City have earned $12,350,991 over the years.
Eramia’s top win at Remington Park had to be the Grade 3, $200,000 Oklahoma Derby in the saddle of Shared Sense for the nation’s leading trainer by money earned this year, Brad Cox, in 2020. Shared Sense won by two lengths as the 9-5 favorite. Eramia also rode a top filly at Remington Park, who went on to more success around the country, Cosmic Burst. That filly, conditioned by Donnie Von Hemel, won the $100,000 Trapeze Stakes at Remington Park as a 2-year-old in 2017 and then going on to win the Grade 3, $200,000 Honeybee Stakes with Eramia up in 2018 at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. He ran fourth with her in Oaklawn’s top race of the year for 3-year-old fillies, the Grade 3, $400,000 Fantasy Stakes later in the spring. She finished third in the Grade 3, $200,000 Remington Park Oaks, behind She’s a Julie and Remedy that fall.
On Thursday night, Eramia sat just off the pace in third on Ghost Creek for trainer Brent Davidson and owner Stephen R. Baker of Dallas, Texas, and had made up three lengths on front-runners Binding Heart and third-place finisher Commander Rex (5-2). Binding Heart faded to last. After passing those two, Ghost Creek and Eramia had to fight off Northwind (6-5 favorite) to the wire. The winner, a 5-year-old gelded son of Astrology, out of the Pleasantly Perfect mare Cold Desert, prevailed by a head. Northwind was another half-length in front of Commander Rex.
Overall in his career that started in 2005, Eramia has started 16,895 times, winning 2,664 times, running second 2,467 times and finishing third 2,255 times and his horses have won $59,058,053, according to Equibase statistics.
One of Eramia’s greatest feats came in 2020 when he was voted Jockey of the Week for Oct. 12-Oct. 18. The vote was conducted by a panel of racing industry experts around the country for jockeys who are members of the Jockeys’ Guild. That vote was based on his week at Remington Park when he had eight mounts in 10 of the stakes races carded on Oklahoma Classics Night. He made four trips to the winner’s circle that night, three of them in stakes company.
Eramia started his run on that Oklahoma Classics night aboard Number One Dude in the Juvenile for trainer Kari Craddock. He followed that with a victory aboard She’s All Wolfe, trained by Von Hemel, in the Distaff before he finished his stakes streak, getting the victory in the irons of Three Chords for trainer Kenny Smith in the Sprint. His fourth win that night came for trainer Teri Luneack and her charge, Rockport Kat.
Remington Park racing continues Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29 & 30, with the first race nightly at 7:07 p.m. CDT.
Remington Park has provided more than $331 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 home to the Oklahoma Classics, the top night of racing in the state for Oklahoma-breds, on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023. Remington Park presents simulcast racing daily and non-stop casino gaming. Parking and admission are always free. Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing or enter the casino gaming floor. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.