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Jockeys Talamo, Smith approach riding milestones

Joe Talamo has been riding since he was 16. Now 22, the effervescent Louisiana native already has 995 victories, five shy of 1,000. “If I ever thought I’d win 1,000, I never thought it would be this quick,” Talamo said after piloting Sarangani to a front-running, $22.20 victory for trainer Bruce Headley in Saturday’s third […]

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Include Me Out surprises in La Canada

Include Me Out drew away at the top of the stretch to win the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita by five lengths over Great Hot. Tiz Flirtatious finished third. Include Me Out is a 4-year-old daughter of Include trained by Ron Ellis for Jay Em Ess Stable. The winning rider was Joe […]

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Film comedy about Thoroughbred racing due out next month

A new “mockumentary comedy” with horse racing as the central theme is due for an October 28 film release.  The movie, And They’re Off, stars Sean Astin (of Rudy and Lord of the Rings fame) as a down-on-his-luck Thoroughbred trainer whose only hope of returning to the winners circle is hiring his unpredictable ex-girlfriend (Cheri […]

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Del Mar jockey race one of the tightest ever

California turf writer Art Wilson notes that with two weeks left in the Del Mar meet, the race for the jockey title may be one of the most thrilling ever: “Rafael Bejarano, Joe Talamo and defending champion Joel Rosario lead the way with 24 victories apiece and Garrett Gomez is two back with 15 racing […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Jockey Agent Ronnie Ebanks

Former rider Ronnie Ebanks is a high-profile jockey agent representing California-based Joel Rosario, currently ranked third behind John Velazquez and Ramon Dominguez in the national standings by money won. Ebanks had a 13-year association with Shane Sellers, and during his career as an agent has also booked mounts for the likes of Mark Guidry, Chris […]

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Hard work paying off for Talamo

Jockey Joe Talamo’s dedication is paying off at Hollywood Park, where Sunday he was tied for second in the jockey standings with Joel Rosario, with 39 wins at the spring-summer meet. The 21-year-old Louisiana native keeps up a grueling schedule, working five to seven horses at Hollywood Park or Santa Anita on week days and […]

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Talamo loses mount on St. Trinians after DQ

Trainer Mike Mitchell plans to replace jockey Joe Talamo on St. Trinians after the six-year-old mare was disqualified and placed fourth in the Grade 2 Milady Handicap at Hollywood Park Saturday. Mitchell tells the Daily Racing Form:  “They all make mistakes… I love Joe, but I’m going to have to make a change. She had […]

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Caracortado solid choice of seven in Arcadia

Press Release Trainer, co-owner and breeder Mike Machowsky’s California-bred gelding Caracortado, who seems to have found a home on turf, figures to be a solid choice among seven entrants in the 24th running of the Arcadia. After six months on the sidelines following a dull showing in last May’s Preakness Stakes, Caracortado returned to win his […]

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Unusual Suspect Upsets G1 Hollywood Turf Cup at 10-1

Temple City’s gate-to-wire bid was thwarted Saturday at Hollywood Park by Unusual Suspect, who got up just before the wire to win the Grade 1, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup. Under Corey Nakatani, Unusual Suspect followed the leader into the stretch and eventually wore him down to win by a head in the 1 1/2 mile […]

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PAULICK’S DERBY ANALYSIS: PIONEER WILL LEAD A CALIFORNIA STAMPEDE

By Ray Paulick (Who do you like in this year’s Kentucky Derby? Please use the comment section below to give us your picks and analysis of the race.) It’s anybody’s guess how wet the Churchill Downs racing surface is going to be on Saturday for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby, although Butch Lehr […]

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