05/26/2013 7:01PM

Hollywood Park: Schiaparelli gives Talamo his fifth straight stakes win

Benoit & Associates
Schiaparelli and jockey Joe Talamo win the Great Lady M. Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Schiaparelli cruised to an easy win from the front in Sunday’s $73,710 Great Lady M. Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park, giving jockey Joe Talamo his fifth consecutive stakes win.

Talamo has won every stakes at Hollywood Park since May 18. Before the Great Lady M., Talamo won the Grade 2 Marjorie Everett Handicap on Open Water and the Fran’s Valentine Stakes on Unusual Hottie on May 18, the Railbird Stakes on Iotapa on May 19, and Saturday’s Grade 2 American Handicap on Obviously.

Schiaparelli ($3.20) never was fully extended to win the Great Lady M. Stakes over six furlongs on turf for fillies and mares. She led by three lengths on the backstretch, by the same margin with a furlong remaining, and won by 2 1/2 lengths over Purim’s Dancer in the field of six.

“She got into a great rhythm,” Talamo said. “She was moving right along.”

Schiaparelli, a 5-year-old mare by Ghostzapper out of the multiple stakes winner Cambiocorsa, set early fractions of 22.88 and 45.31 seconds. She finished in 1:08.66.

Customer Base finished third. Tom Proctor trains Purim’s Dancer and Customer Base. Purim’s Dancer was ridden by Gary Stevens. Sunday was his first day of riding in Southern California since his win aboard Oxbow in the Preakness Stakes on May 18.

Curvy Cat finished fourth, followed by Greatest Escape, who was vanned off. Givine trailed the field on the turn and was pulled up by jockey Martin Garcia and walked off.

Schiaparelli won her first stakes in the Great Lady M. for trainer Mike Puype and owner-breeder Jan Vanderbos’s Ran Jan Racing. Schiaparelli won an optional claimer on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita in March and was a game second to the Puype-trained multiple stakes winner Mizdirection in the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Handicap on April 13.

The addition of blinkers and earmuffs earlier this season has helped Schiaparelli to settle, Talamo said.

“Adding the hood and the blinkers makes a big difference,” he said. “She’s a different animal out there.”

Schiaparelli has won 4 of 8 starts and $184,184.