01/29/2011 8:20PM

Santa Anita: Talamo wins a close one


After a tough day Friday, when he finished second in three photo-finishes, jockey Joe Talamo has been on the winning end of two close finishes on Saturday.

Talamo guided Caracortado to a half-length win over The Usual Q.T. in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf. Two races later, Talamo won an allowance race on the hillside turf course aboard Ace of Aces ($12.80) who finished a half-length in front of Sterling Outlook, the 2-1 favorite.

The 21-year-old jockey insists that the narrow losses on Friday did not affect his attitude. "That's horse racing," he said. "It's all part of the peaks and valleys."

Talamo has two more mounts on Saturday - Pink Blossom in the ninth and Dapper Gene in the 10th.