After competing in Brazil, Macau, Singapore, and Canada,
jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva will attempt to add the United States to the list of
countries where he has found success when he rides at Aqueduct Racetrack this
Hailing from São Paulo,
Brazil, da Silva won the
1994 Derby Paulista (Brazilian
Derby) with Franz Post before moving his tack to Macau
“They renew licenses every three months in Macau,
so you need to be competitive so they won’t take away your
license,” said da Silva. “There was a lot of pressure, but I rode
there for five years. It was good because I learned to be competitive every
While in Macau, da Silva met his
eventual wife, Claudia. After they were married, the couple went to Toronto, where da Silva met
his brother-in-law, who took the jockey on a fateful trip to Woodbine
“When I saw the racetrack, I said, ‘Wow, this is beautiful!
I want to be here,’” recalled da Silva. “I then started to
prepare my papers and I went there and started riding.”
Da Silva’s win totals have steadily increased at Woodbine, and
the rider captured 190 races this year, en route to his first meet title. He
has also won the last two runnings of the prestigious Queen’s Plate,
taking the 2009 edition with Eye of the Leopard and the 2010 renewal with Big
“Winning the first one was a dream come true,” said da
Silva. “I got very lucky because it was the first time I rode in the
His victory in this year’s Queen’s Plate was extra special,
as Queen Elizabeth II made the winner’s circle presentation.
“I really wanted to
win the race so I could see the Queen,” said da Silva. “My horse
ran very well, and it was a great honor to shake hands with the Queen. I
studied a little bit of protocol before the race in case I won so I
wouldn’t do anything embarrassing. The Queen smiled and was very, very
After riding in Singapore
during the winter of 2008, da Silva took a break last winter, using the time
off to return to Brazil.
While he appreciated the rest and relaxation, he was eager to compete during
the winter months of 2011.
“I had a big year in Canada and I could take the winter
off, but I really enjoy being on top of horses,” said da Silva.
Determining where to ply his trade this winter was an easy decision.
“This was a good opportunity to come to New York,” said da Silva.
“Everything has to be at the right time, and this is the right time for
me to be here. My goal is to do the best I can and work with enthusiasm every
day. Some kids dream of going to Disneyland,
but I dreamed of going to the racetrack and playing with the horses.”
In the upcoming weeks, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA)
will release additional profiles on jockeys competing on Aqueduct’s inner
track this winter.