Retired Jockey E.J. Perrodin Dies

Louisiana native won more than 3,000 races and upwards of 200 stakes

E.J. Perrodin, who was one of the leading riders in Louisiana for a number of years, died June 10 of cancer at his home in Haughton, La. He was 55.

Perrodin, whose first name was Elvis, retired during this year's Fair Grounds meet and he was honored with a lifetime achievement award at Louisiana Downs in May.

A native of Rayne, La., Perrodine started  race riding at 17. According to Daily Racing Form, he won 3,083 races from 21,370 mounts and once captured six races at Fair Grounds on a single card. He rode the winners of more than 210 stakes, and his mounts earned more than $41 million. In 1983, he won 22 stakes, including the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) on Listcapade.

Perrodin’s other stakes winners include Candid Glen, Sarah Lane’s Oates, Waupaca, Far Out Wadleigh, Composure, and Zarb’s Music. His last stakes win came aboard Foreign Girl in the Louisiana Stallion Stakes at Louisiana Downs last September.

Perrodin is survived by his wife, Lisa, and son Devin.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home in Haughton, with a funeral service to follow.