JOCKEYS RICHARD ERAMIA and ALFREDO TRIANA DOMINANT WITH THREE WINS EACH WEDNESDAY AT REMINGTON PARK
Richard Eramia had a natural hat trick with three wins in a row Wednesday night, but Alfredo Triana, Jr., was not to be outdone, making three trips to the winner’s circle himself.
Triana got things rolling in the second race of the night, winning with Honeyfromthesouth (8-5) in a 5-furlong sprint on the grass for $15,000 claimers, fillies and mares that had never won three races lifetime. He won by one length for owner Margaret Landis of Grand Island, Neb. and trainer Marissa Black. The 5-year-old mare by Fed Biz, out of the Yes It’s True mare Brilliant Autumn, was bred in Kentucky by Lantern Hill Farm. She paid $5.40 to win, $3.80 to place and $3 to show.
Triana’s next win came in the third race aboard Eurogoodboy (2-1), a 3-year-old gelded son of Eurorears, out of the Siphon (BRZ) mare Siphon’s Storm. Triana was all out for this victory, winning by a head over Visonary Star in a one-mile maiden claiming race for a tag of $7,500. It was 3-, 4- and 5-year-old Oklahoma-breds going to post on the main track. Scott Young trains this one for the breeder Hobby Horse Farm (Jerry Ray) of Skiatook, Okla. He paid $6.60, $4.20 and $2.60 to win, place and show. It was the first of two wins on the night for trainer Young. He and Triana also combined to have their picture taken in race eight with A P’s Bluegrass (3-1). That gave Triana his riding triple.
A P’s Bluegrass, a 5-year-old son of Girolamo, out of the Bluegrass Cat mare Blu City Girl, was racing as a gelding for the first time according to Equibase. He went straight to the lead and never looked back, winning by a half-length at the wire. This was a starter allowance-optional claiming race for 3-year-olds-and-older that had run for a claiming price of $5,000 or less in 2020-2021 or were running for a claiming price of $10,000. He returned $8.60, $5.80 and $5.20 across the board. The owner is Rusty Roberts of Beggs, Okla. The horse was bred in Kentucky by Hall’s Family Trust. It was A P’s Bluegrass’ third win in his last four tries.
Eramia’s night was not so spread out. He won three in a row – races five, six and seven. His first victory of the night was in the saddle of Who’s Cheatin Who (9-5), taking a 7-1/2 furlong race on the turf for maiden claimers, running for a tag of $15,000. These were 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds going to post on the main track. Trainer Greg Green had started slowly at Remington Park as a newcomer, but with his turf statistics, it was just a matter of time for him to break through. Going into Wednesday’s races, Green had won 38 percent of his races, sprinting on the turf. When last seen, Who’s Cheatin Who was finishing second on the turf at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. That race was at the same class level as his Wednesday attempt. He was beaten one length in Texas but turned that around in Oklahoma City. Green, MCM Stables and Corie O’Connor of El Paso, Texas, are the owners of this one that paid $5.60, $4.20 and $3 to win, place and show.
Eramia’s second victory was aboard Absaroka (5-1) for trainer C.R. Trout and owner Cowboy Stables (Blake Sappington) of Clinton, Okla. The race on dirt was for 3-year-olds-and-older at 1 mile, 70 yards, for $25,000 claimers that had never won three times. Absaroka stayed just off the front-running 2-1 favorite Paynter Party’s shoulder for the first portion of the race and then took over near the far turn. The 5-year-old gelded son of Flat Out, from the Brahms mare Wanton Song, now has finished no worse than second in his past five starts, winning two of them. He paid $12.80, $5.60 and $4 across the board.
The third win giving Eramia a triple was with Roux Ga Roux (4-1), a horse named for a legendary monster from Louisiana lore that has been compared to a bigfoot, werewolf or swamp thing covered in moss. The 4-year-old gelding was just monstrous enough to hang on by a neck in a 5-1/2 furlong sprint for claiming, non-winners of two career races, ages 3-years-old-and-older.
Roux Ga Roux, a winner early in the year with maiden special weights on Jan. 18 at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, but had unsuccessfully tried to win five other times. On this night, trainer Matt Hebert decided to take the blinkers off, and that worked wonders. Eramia was able to relax off the lead in fifth early and then pounced in the stretch to win by a neck over a fast-closing Flat Out Avenger in second and My True Reward, another head back in third. Roux Ga Roux, owned by Great American Horse Racing (Clint Burgess) of Fort Worth, Texas, returned $10.40, $4.80 and $4.60. He was bred in Louisiana by Debbie Allen, somewhere near a bayou that hides the legend for which he was named.
Racing continues this week with nine-race programs Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 9-11. First post time is 7:07pm-Central.
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