06/08/2010 11:00PM

Eramia at top of jockey standings


There is a new name atop the rider standings this season at Louisiana Downs, Richard Eramia, but his success was hardly instantaneous.

Eramia began riding in his native Uruguay in 1995 before making his American debut at Tampa Bay Downs. A stint at Calder followed before he migrated to the Texas circuit, where he rode for five years.

A relative newcomer to Louisiana, Eramia is in his second season at Louisiana Downs. He said a strong factor in his success this season was wintering at Fair Grounds.

"I think it helped a lot, since I got to know quite a few of the outfits here in the state," Eramia said. "That and I had a pretty good year here last year as well. Becoming established is like anything else, it takes time."

Eramia also was quick to credit his agent, veteran Rick Mocklin, as being a strong factor in his early season success.

"We make a good team," he says. "Rick seems to know everyone, and that is always a big help."

Even though he maintains a home in the Dallas area, Eramia, who is married with two children, plans on maintaining a presence on the Louisiana circuit, although he plans to make a stop in Texas between the Louisiana Downs and Fair Grounds meetings.

"I'm planning on going to Remington for a month after we close here as I need to stay fit," he said. "From there, I'll head to New Orleans for about a month before that meeting starts."

* Apprentice jockey Ashlea Trosclair picked up her first win last Friday, booting home first-time starter Lovelyvenus in the afternoon's seventh race for trainer Al Stall Jr. Trosclair is the daughter of former Louisiana Downs riding champ Angelo Trosclair and is one of three young female apprentice riders in the local colony. Trosclair joined Anna Roberts and Bethany Taylor in the win column here this season.

* Friday's second-level optional claiming feature is headed by Ain't He a Pistol. An Arkansas-bred won a third-level optional event in his most recent start, Ain't He a Pistol will square off against six rivals at seven furlongs in the third race.

* After four weeks of twilight racing on Fridays, post time this week will be at 1:25 p.m., which matches the rest of the race week. Management said the later post time was an experiment and will not be revisited the remainder of the season.