06/15/2010 11:00PM

Perrodin coming off big week


BOSSIER CITY, La. - How about this for a week's worth of work in the saddle? A .667 winning percentage spread over two tracks; a couple of feature race victories, including a stakes; plus every non-winning mount finished in the money. Not bad for a rider who many consider on the verge of "semi-retirement."

Such was E.J. Perrodin's world last week. Granted the 53-year-old Perrodin had only six mounts during the four-day period. Nonetheless, for someone in the twilight of a long and successful riding career, the achievements still read as remarkable, especially after Perrodin sustained serious and potentially career-ending injuries in November 2007.

"I feel great, almost young again," said Perrodin, referring to the fractured pelvis and lacerated liver he sustained at Fair Grounds in a freak accident during the post parade prior to the final race of the day. The injuries kept Perrodin on the sidelines for eight months. He did not begin riding full time again until last year.

A winner of more than 3,000 races, Perrodin was reluctant to concede that he is on the brink of hanging up his tack.

"I just ride whatever Pat wants to put me on," he said with a chuckle, referring to trainer Pat Mouton. "Wins happen in bunches in this game. Things sure worked out well last week."

Perrodin has been riding almost exclusively for Mouton in recent seasons. The close relationship goes back more years than either cares to admit, due in no small part to the fact that the two are married to sisters Pam and Lisa.

One of the biggest victories the two teamed up for last week came with the 3-year-old filly Daphne Angela in the seven-furlong Salute Stakes at Evangeline Downs. Daphne Angela, who has yet to finish worse than second in seven starts, will make her next start at Evangeline in the Louisiana Showcase Filly Mile on July 3.

"She is by a Louisiana Derby winner and she won a stake at two turns at Fair Grounds," Mouton said. "I don't think the mile will pose any problem."

"Fred Currie bred her and owns her," Mouton added. "We have a younger half-brother we just got back. He had a chip that we removed so he will be back in action pretty soon."

One can only hope he comes back as strongly as the jockey who will soon be riding him.