Like fellow veteran Southern California jockey Martin Garcia, Joe Talamo has decided to pick up and move east, seeking more riding and bigger purse opportunities, reports the Daily Racing Form.
Talamo tells DRF he plans to arrive in Arkansas for the start of the Oaklawn meeting Jan. 24. From there, he plans to ride on the circuit that also includes Kentucky. Talamo and his wife Elizabeth have two small children.
“They're young enough that they're not in school yet, they're not teenagers, or in grade school. It would be tougher then,” Talamo told DRF. “They're young enough that the move comes at a really good time.
“I'm young. I've got a lot more good years. I'm jumping in with both feet.”
Despite having ridden professionally for more than a dozen years, Talamo is only 29 years old. The Louisiana native kicked off his riding career in his home state but relocated to Southern California in his second year of riding. From 13,642 career starts, Talamo is two wins shy of 2,000 victories and has earned more than $105 million.
Last week, Garcia moved his tack to Churchill Downs and plans to ride on the same Kentucky/Arkansas circuit as Talamo.
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