In the sport of Kings, Eurico Rosa da Silva (Seven-Time Outstanding Jockey – The Jockey Club of Canada) reigned at Woodbine Racetrack, but for most of his life, he was living in a mental dungeon.
When writing his biography with Bruce McDougall, he held steadfast that this would not just be a book about his success as a jockey. The pages had to paint an unvarnished portrait of struggling with demons that tormented him in the form of gambling and sex addiction.
It had to examine how his roots in Brazil led him to where he is today, for better and for worse.
When Riding for Freedom was released in December, people weren’t expecting what they read about a man who seemingly lived high on the horse and that is just the way Rosa da Silva wanted it.