With more wins than any other North American jockey last week, including five in a single day, voters named Richard Eramia the Jockeys' Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for April 23 – 20, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys' Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey of the Week is sponsored by FoundationDetox.com,
During the calm before the storm that is the week before the Kentucky Derby, stakes action was quiet, several meets ended or began, and for some jockeys, it was a time to simply focus on the day-to-day race cards at hand. For Richard Eramia, that focus resulted in winning 11 races, more than any other North American jockey last week.
Eramia's 11 wins translated to a 55% win rate, and he finished in the money in a remarkable 80% of his 20 starts. He hit the top twenty leaderboard by earnings, with $137,467.
Five of Eramia's wins came in a single card on Saturday at Lone Star Park. He won the first race of the day with Peej ($2.40) by a half-length and returned to the winner's circle in the third race, an allowance, with Bold Rey ($6.80) in an impressive victory by nearly eight lengths. He rode Who Cares ($6.80) to win the fifth race by a neck, Eternal Bling ($5.00) in the sixth race by three lengths, and ended with a three-length win aboard Heartbreak Hill ($4.20) in the eighth race.
Eramia returned to win another four races on Lone Star's Sunday card. He is the leading rider of the current Thoroughbred meet at Lone Star with over twice as many wins as Iram Diego in second place. Eramia also won last year's riding title.
In 2018, Eramia has won 42 races in 270 starts and earned $1,173,119. In his career to date, he has 2,060 wins and has earned over $42 million.
Jockey of the Week is sponsored by FoundationDetox.com,
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