06/09/2013 8:18PM

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

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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.