Barely a year after a career-threatening injury, jockey E.J. Perrodin won his 3,000th career race aboard He’s Royal Dee in the ninth race at Fair Grounds Dec. 5.
The milestone win came in typical Perrodin fashion, with a last-to-first rally in the stretch to be best by a head at the wire. The winner, trained by Perrodin’s brother-in-law Patrick Mouton for owners Steve and Patricia Roe, paid $14.60 to win.
“If there was any place I wanted to reach this milestone,” said Perrodin, “I wanted it to be right here at the Fair Grounds.”
Last Nov. 28, while sitting on 2,987 career wins, Perrodin sustained a cracked pelvis in a pre-race incident that kept him out of action until this summer.
A benefit crawfish boil was organized by Perrodin’s fellow riders in March to help the popular reinsman offset medical expenses during the long recovery process.
When he returned to the saddle, Perrodin won eight races in the latter portion of the Louisiana Downs meet earlier this year and scored his fifth win of the Fair Grounds meet Dec. 5.
Perrodin has 64 career stakes wins at Fair Grounds, including victories in three of the four grade II stakes – the 1983 New Orleans Handicap with Listcapade, the 1988 Fair Grounds Oaks with Quite A Gem, the 1993 Fair Grounds Oaks with Silky Feather and the 2003 Explosive Bid Handicap (now the Mervin Muniz Memorial) with 84-1 longshot Candid Glen.