08/03/2012 2:51PM

Del Mar: Talamo has little time to dwell on five-win day

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Joe Talamo moved into a tie for second place in the Del Mar jockey standings by riding five winners on Thursday's card.

DEL MAR, Calif. – The celebration of Joe Talamo’s five-win day at Del Mar on Thursday lasted less than 12 hours, and that included a night’s sleep.

Talamo won his fifth race of the day in Thursday’s eighth race at 5:42 p.m., went home for dinner with his girlfriend, Elizabeth Ellis, and was back at the track by 5:30 a.m. to ride the first of five workers through the morning.

“An easy morning,” he said.

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Five wins in a day equaled a career best for Talamo, but was a first for him at Del Mar. It moved him into a tie with Rafael Bejarano for second in the jockey standings with 17 wins, one behind leader Garrett Gomez. With Joel Rosario riding in New York this summer, one of those three is expected to win the riding title for the meeting, which ends on Sept. 5.

“I try not to look at the statistics too much,” Talamo said. “I know Rosario is not here, but you can’t take for granted the colony. Gomez is riding unbelievably. He’s been a mentor of mine.

“It’s not like you think it will be easy pickings. I like the competition.”

On Thursday’s eight-race program. Talamo, 22, won the early double, the fifth race, and the late double. His most impressive winner was Obviously, in the seventh, an optional claimer over a mile on turf.

Obviously led throughout and won by five lengths. Trained by Mike Mitchell, Obviously could start in the $250,000 Del Mar Mile on turf on Aug. 26.

Talamo said he thought he would have a successful Thursday, but was reluctant to expect too much.

“That was a good day,” Talamo said. “On paper, it looked like a big day, but when it looks that it never does. Sometimes when you think you’ll win five or six, you win none.”

Suggestive Boy possible for Pacific Classic

Part of Talamo’s Friday morning was laying the groundwork for what could be a major stakes win later this month.

Talamo worked Suggestive Boy a half-mile in 48.20 seconds on the Polytrack synthetic surface. Suggestive Boy won the Wickerr Stakes on turf on July 25. Later in the morning, trainer Ron McAnally said that Suggestive Boy is a candidate for the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 26.

Talamo said that Suggestive Boy “absolutely loved” the surface and went the last furlong in 11.60 seconds.

“His energy level is unreal,” Talamo said. “Before and after the workout, he was bucking and squealing.”

A 4-year-old Argentine-bred colt, Suggestive Boy has raced on turf through his eight-race career, which includes five wins, all in stakes, and earnings of $382,370.

“We’ll continue on, if all goes well,” McAnally said in reference to the Pacific Classic.

The Pacific Classic field is expected to be led by defending champion Acclamation, the champion older male of 2011; Richard’s Kid, who won the race in 2009 and 2010; and Game On Dude, who won the Hollywood Gold Cup last month.

Richard’s Kid was second to Game On Dude in the Hollywood Gold Cup, but returned to win the Cougar II Handicap here on July 27.

Promising filly debuts Sunday

Trainer Peter Miller has two fillies racing against males in Sunday’s $150,000 Best Pal Stakes – the stakes winner Miss Empire and the maiden race winner Heir Kitty. He has yet another promising 2-year-old filly set to start on Sunday in the maiden Secret Memo.

Purchased for $72,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ sale of 2-year-olds in training in April, Secret Memo makes her debut in a $70,000 maiden special weight race for fillies over 5 1/2 furlongs. She has worked quickly in recent weeks, including a half-mile from the gate in 47.20 seconds on July 21.

“I don’t think she’ll need one,” Miller said. “I don’t know if she’s good enough, but she likes the track.”

The race drew a full field of 10, with four fillies on the also-eligible list.

Bob Baffert starts Magic Vixen, a Tapit filly purchased for $270,000 at Keeneland last September. “It’s a little short for her,” Baffert said.

“I want to get a race in her.”

Trainer Richard Mandella is taking the same approach with Moulin de Mougin, a Curlin filly out of Cambiocorsa, a half-sister to 2009 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner California Flag.

“She’ll probably need one,” Mandella said.

Clerk of scales to be reassigned

Ruben Hernandez, the clerk of scales at the three Southern California Thoroughbred tracks, served a five-day suspension for intoxication earlier at this meeting, according to a ruling released by Del Mar stewards on Thursday. Hernandez is no longer working as clerk of scales, and is expected to be reassigned during this meeting.

As part of the ruling, Hernandez has been instructed to undergo counseling with the Winners’ Foundation and be subjected to further alcohol testing. The Winners’ Foundation aids people in racing with substance abuse problems.

◗ Executiveprivilege, the undefeated winner of the Landaluce Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park on July 14, worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 on Friday. Trained by Bob Baffert, Executiveprivilege is scheduled to start in Wednesday’s $150,000 Sorrento Stakes for 2-year-old fillies over 6 1/2 furlongs.

 

HandicapperErni More than 1 year ago
This jockey hustles and tries hard. He's so good and has really improved since he came here to So.Cal. I knew he'd make it here in So.Cal since he is such a talent. Wonder how Joel Rosario is feeling about that?
Jerome Moynihan More than 1 year ago
IW was thrilled watchi nice watching OBVIOUS do his thing. This is a horse that really likes to run. And he is to be reckoned with in days to come !