In addition to top jockey Joel Rosario, agent to the stars Ron Anderson will represent newcomer to Santa Anita Umberto Rispoli this meet.
“He's in from Hong Kong and will ride here right away,” Anderson said of Rispoli, 31, the leading rider in his native Italy in 2009 and 2010, “and was recommended by my friend, Frankie Dettori, who said he rides 'American style and absolutely will do well in the states.'
“He's a nice kid and he's light. He just got here yesterday but worked horses this morning for (Richard) Baltas and (John) Sadler.
“Joel is on his way back from the Dominican Republic where he spent a few days with his family. He's coming off a really spectacular year (with nine Grade I wins and earnings of more than $24 million), so we're looking forward to opening day.”
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