11/23/2009 12:00AM

Talamo flush with day's five-spot

Benoit & Associates
Joe Talamo rides Bickersons to victory in the Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park on Sunday, one of five wins for Talamo on the day.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Give Joe Talamo a high five.

The 19-year-old riding phenom won five races on Sunday to double his previous total for the entire meet and vault into second place in the Hollywood Park jockeys' standings, one behind Joel Rosario, who leads with 11.

The five wins equaled the career best for Talamo, who won five races once at Fair Grounds while an apprentice.

"I never even thought I could win five today," Talamo said after Sunday's final race. "I was hoping for a couple."

The quintet included the day's feature race, the Moccasin Stakes, aboard Bickersons. According to Kelly Breen, who trains Bickersons, he signed up Talamo after Rosario opted for It Tiz.

The week ended far better for Talamo than it began. Talamo missed Wednesday's races with food poisoning.

This has been a big month for Talamo, who won his first Breeders' Cup race on Nov. 7 with California Flag in the BC Turf Sprint. He will go to Hong Kong next month to ride California Flag in a rich sprint that's part of the International Races at Sha Tin, and also compete in an international jockey challenge there at Happy Valley.

Talamo had a long day Sunday. He was at Santa Anita by 5 a.m. to work a horse for trainer Bill Spawr, then worked three more horses there before heading over to Hollywood Park. He worked four horses at Hollywood Park, including two on the turf, the last at around 10 a.m.

The day was not done, though. Talamo went to the Lakers game Sunday night against Oklahoma City.

Cowboy Cal the highweight

Cowboy Cal will carry top weight of 120 pounds when he makes what is expected to be the final start of his career in the Grade 1 Citation Handicap on Friday at Hollywood Park. The Citation is the first of three Grade 1 races, each worth $300,000, that will be run on consecutive days at Hollywood Park as part of its turf festival.

The Citation, at 1 1/16 miles on turf, is also expected to include Blue Chagall, El Gato Malo, Enriched, Ever a Friend, Fluke, Monzante, Proudinsky, Skyrush, and Whatsthescript.

Cowboy Cal, whom Todd Pletcher trains for Robert and Janice McNair, disappointed in the Breeders' Cup Mile in his last start, but before that won the Oak Tree Mile. In his only start on the Hollywood Park turf, he was second in last year's Hollywood Derby. He has won 7 of 18 starts and more than $1 million during his career.

The Matriarch Stakes on Saturday, for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf, will be the final career start for Ventura. She finished second in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint in her last start, and earlier this year won the Woodbine Mile and was second in the Kilroe Mile, both times against males.

Others expected for the Matriarch include April Pride, Diamondrella, Rutherienne, and Tuscan Evening.

The Hollywood Derby, for 3-year-olds at 1 1/4 miles on Sunday, is expected to have a large field, including Acclamation, Al Khali, Battle of Hastings, Black Bear Island, Blazing Spirit, Meteore, Rescue Squad, Sal the Barber, Sir Al, Take the Points, and The Usual Q.T.

Battle of Hastings worked five furlongs on the Hollywood Park turf on Sunday morning in 1:00.60 for trainer Jeff Mullins. Garrett Gomez will ride him in the Derby, replacing the injured Tyler Baze. Also at Hollywood, Acclamation worked six furlongs on turf in 1:15.40 for trainer Donald Warren.

At Santa Anita, Black Bear Island worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds for trainer Julio Canani. And at Belmont Park, Take the Points worked a half-mile on the training track in 50.04 seconds for Pletcher.

Gomez due back Wednesday

Gomez, injured in an accident on Saturday, is expected to return to action on Wednesday after taking off his mounts on Sunday, according to his agent, Ron Anderson.

Anderson said Gomez was sore on Sunday, but that X-rays taken the previous night showed no fractures.

Gomez was taken to a local hospital after his mount in the final race on Saturday, the 2-year-old filly Bonnie Brown Eyes, fatally broke down near the sixteenth pole while leading the race. Gomez was thrown forward from Bonnie Brown Eyes and wound up under the inner rail. He remained there until being removed from the track on a stretcher.

Bonnie Brown Eyes, trained by Mike Mitchell, was making her second start, both in a maiden-claiming races. She had set the pace and tired to finish ninth in her debut. On Saturday, she appeared to be drawing away from the field when she badly broke down in her right front leg. She fell straight to the ground, hit her neck, fracturing it, and died instantly.

Cluster of fatalities

The breakdown of Bonnie Brown Eyes was one of four fatal injuries that occurred on the main track this past week.

On Sunday morning, the 2-year-old Montezuma Mesa suffered fatal injuries at the conclusion of a three-furlong workout for trainer Adam Kitchingman.

On Friday night, the 2-year-old filly Sheza Screamer, trained by Robert Troeger, suffered fatal injuries in a $25,000 maiden-claiming race. She was pulled up just after turning into the stretch.

And on Wednesday, the Doug O'Neill-trained Holland Creek, racing in a $25,000 claiming race for fillies and mares, broke down at the quarter pole and subsequently was euthanized.

Smith to join seminar

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, the regular rider for Zenyatta, will join Hollywood Park simulcast host Kurt Hoover for his popular ontrack seminar, "Inside Scoop," on Sunday morning. The seminar takes place at 11:30 a.m. near the Garden Paddock tote board.

Zenyatta will be paraded between races on Sunday afternoon.

Hoover's guest on Saturday is Bob Mieszerski, the former turf writer for the Los Angeles Times.

* There will be an early first post on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, of 11 a.m. In addition, there is no more Friday-night racing this meet. Friday's post time will be the usual 12:30 p.m.