Umberto Rispoli is a new name to California but under the tutelage of world-class agent Ron Anderson, it could become familiar in a hurry if his first eight days riding at Santa Anita are an indication.
The 31-year-old is a native of Italy where he won riding championships in 2009 and 2010, most recently having ridden in Hong Kong. Through the first eight days of Santa Anita's Winter Meet, Rispoli has four wins, four seconds and two thirds from 20 mounts.
“The reception for Mr. Rispoli so far has been good,” said Anderson, who also represents Joel Rosario, the current meet leader with 12 wins.
“Umberto has ridden all over the world, dirt, turf, sprints, routes, for all kinds of people, won graded stakes everywhere he's been.
“He's a newcomer here but he's been well received. We're very excited and business is picking up every day. He's opened some eyes with a couple of his rides already, so we'll see what happens moving forward.”
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