06/09/2013 8:18PM

Hollywood Park: Talamo stays hot with Unusual Hottie in Redondo Beach

Benoit & Associates
Unusual Hottie wins the Redondo Beach Stakes on Sunday to give jockey Toe Talamo his seventh stakes win at Betfair Hollywood Park since May 18.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – It only seems that jockey Joe Talamo has won all the stakes at the spring-summer meeting at Betfair Hollywood Park.

On Sunday, Talamo won his seventh stakes since May 18 with the improving Unusual Hottie in the $90,370 Redondo Beach Stakes for turf females. Talamo rode Unusual Hottie to victory in the Fran’s Valentine Stakes on May 18, the day he began a streak of five consecutive stakes wins that lasted until May 26.

On Saturday, Talamo won the Grade 2 Charles Whittingham Handicap with Tale of a Champion.

Tale of a Champion won with a stalking trip, and Talamo used the same tactics aboard Unusual Hottie ($8.80), who was favored in a field of 11. Unusual Hottie closed from fifth on the backstretch with a three-wide rally on the turn to reach the front with a furlong remaining. She held off 6-1 Customer Base to win by 1 1/4 lengths, running a mile in 1:34.59.

“Her confidence is sky-high,” Talamo said. “Her turn of foot is unbelievable. She can place herself where you want her to be.”

Sugarinthemorning finished third, followed by Stormy Lucky, Morocco Moon, La Zubia, A Jealous Woman, Long Face, Appealing, Good Karma, and Little Emily.

Unusual Hottie, 4, is owned by Seyyed Nilforushan and trained by Jeff Mullins. A California-bred by Unusual Heat, Unusual Hottie has won 7 of 14 starts and $346,338.

Mullins said the $150,000 Solana Beach Handicap for California-bred females over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Del Mar on Aug. 18 could be Unusual Hottie’s next start.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talamo is not as good as Bejarano, he has to figure out some way to improve to be in Raffy's league.
morton erskine More than 1 year ago
I think it is time for him to take over from RB as the number one guy in So Cal.
Jerome Moynihan More than 1 year ago
I'm not one to blame riders when it's my judgement that's at fault when i lose my money,but I must say that tyler baze had no business being four wide on the turn,it most certainly cost a game mare second money.
Mike B More than 1 year ago
Huge Talamo fan. He gets the best finishes for stretch running closers of any jockey in the colony.. He is electric in the stretch and the energy carries through to the horses. Best finishes ever for the 8-12K claimers I have small interests in are by Talamo... He doesn't get the press there but they run for him at all levels. In twenty years they'll need to save some room in the Hall of Fame for this guy. Like him to get the title at BHP and maybe Del Mar, too (a track favoring closers)...