Jockey Joe Talamo, recent winner of career race number 2,000, and agent Scotty McClellan will seek new horizons in 2020 after an amicable and mutual agreement to part following a successful run of 13 years.
Talamo, who turns 30 come Jan. 12, leaves California Jan. 5 to ride full time starting Jan. 24 at Oaklawn Park, where his agent will be Jake Romans, son of trainer Dale Romans.
McClellan, one of the game's most ardent and knowledgeable agents in a career that began in 1972 and reaches its 48th year in 2020, enjoyed remarkable success representing 1978 Eclipse Award winner Darrel McHargue and two Hall of Fame jockeys for decades, Chris McCarron and Alex Solis.
He has no new prospects currently in mind, and thus has a rare opportunity to smell the roses (not at Churchill Downs).
“I'll take a little break and enjoy myself,” said McClellan, who was raised on racing thanks to his late father Chick, a former jockey and trainer and a top agent of his generation.
Scotty has much to look forward to besides Talamo celebrating his birthday on Jan. 12. That would be becoming a grandfather for the first time, as his daughter Meagan and her husband, Jake, are expecting their first child.
The due date? Jan. 12, same day as Talamo's birthday.
New to the Paulick Report? Click here to sign up for our daily email newsletter to keep up on this and other stories happening in the Thoroughbred industry.
Copyright © 2020 Paulick Report.