From the Paulick Report
According to agent Rick Mocklin, popular jockey Richard Eramia will be out an additional four weeks. The multiple graded stakes-winning rider and regular pilot of Louisiana champion Sunbean was injured during the gallop-out following the completion of the fourth race at Fair Grounds on Nov. 29 when his mount – Shadwell Stable’s Atoof – spooked and dumped the rider, injuring his shoulder.
“He goes back to the doctor in two weeks and will then start a two-week therapy program,” Mocklin reported. “(Richard) is healing, but not as fast as we had hoped we would. We are hoping to be back for the last week in January.”
Expected to be a key factor in this year’s Fair Grounds jockey race after finishing third in last season’s standings, Eramia came into the meet batting nearly 21% on the year and with more than $4.7 million in purse earnings. He is closing in on 1,500 career wins and will ultimately have 219 victories on the year, ranking him 13th nationally. If he is not passed by anyone, it will equal his ranking from 2013 – despite losing over a month of mounts.