05/06/2009 12:00AM

Talamo's life back to normal

Barbara D. Livingston
Joe Talamo missed out on riding the favorite in the Derby.


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CAPTION: Joe Talamo missed out on riding the favorite in the Derby.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The view that Joe Talamo had of the Kentucky Derby last Saturday was not the one that he envisioned through the month of April.

"I ended up in the boxes with my parents," he said.

Early on Saturday, Talamo's mount, morning-line favorite I Want Revenge, was withdrawn because of soreness and swelling in an ankle. Talamo rode three horses early on the program and was done for the afternoon by post time for the Kentucky Derby.

"It was very disappointing," he said. "Not just for me, but all of us. It was a down time for everyone."

Sunday, Talamo was back at Hollywood Park, where he rode Goldroad to a win in the final race of the day. Wednesday, he worked horses at Santa Anita. Normal life has resumed for Talamo, who is fourth in the jockey standings at Hollywood Park.

"It's back to reality," he said.

Talamo's presence in the Kentucky Derby was a hot topic last week - the 19-year-old sensation riding the favorite. The events of the week whizzed by, until Saturday morning, he said.

"It still feels like a dream," Talamo said. "It's hard to believe all that happened."

Talamo received a phone call from David Lanzman on Tuesday evening. Lanzman, the principal owner of I Want Revenge, called to inform Talamo that the colt's injury was more serious than originally feared.

"He said he'll probably be out for six months," Talamo said.

At least the horse was not injured in a race, Talamo said.

"It goes with the highs and lows of racing," Talamo said. "If he would have raced, there is no telling what could have happened."

Talamo has six mounts on the eight-race program at Hollywood Park on Friday. Saturday, he rides Ball Four in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap for older horses over 1 1/16 miles. Ball Four will be part of a field of six, led by the undefeated Rail Trip.

Rail Trip has won five races, including the Santana Mile Handicap at Santa Anita last month. The Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy will be Rail Trip's graded stakes debut. Ball Four, an 8-year-old gelding, has won two graded stakes, including the Grade 2 Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park in 2006.

Talamo had a brief strategy session with Ball Four's trainer, Patrick Biancone, earlier this week.

"He said, 'Get in front. You'll win,'" Talamo said.

While I Want Revenge is sidelined, Talamo is excited about the potential of Allicansayis Wow, who won an allowance race in her U.S. debut on April 23 for Biancone. She could appear in a stakes later this meeting.

"I think she's a filly with a very bright future," he said.

Indian Blessing back home

Indian Blessing, the champion female sprinter of 2008, has returned to trainer Bob Baffert's stable at Santa Anita after a brief trip to Kentucky, where she was supposed to run in the $300,000 Humana Distaff on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Baffert did not start Indian Blessing because he was unhappy with the way she trained leading up to the race.

Wednesday, Baffert said he did not have a goal for Indian Blessing, who has won 9 of 13 starts and $2,837,000 for owners Hal and Patti Earnhardt.

"She never trained well on that track," Baffert said of Churchill Downs.

Indian Blessing finished second in the $2 million Golden Shaheen for sprinters in Dubai in late March, her only start this year. A few weeks after that race, Baffert said she would be sent to Churchill Downs.

One option for Indian Blessing at the Hollywood Park meeting is the $150,000 A Gleam Handicap over seven furlongs on July 18. The long-term goal is the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita in November. Indian Blessing was second in the 2008 BC Filly and Mare Sprint.

The Baffert-trained Misremembered won a maiden race over 1 1/16 miles on April 29 and may have earned a start in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap on June 20.

Baffert described Misremembered as "a big, gangly, slow-developing horse." In his maiden win, Misremembered stalked the pace to early stretch and pulled away to win by 2 1/4 lengths in the decent time of 1:42.32. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 88.

Rosario takes a day off

Joel Rosario, the leading rider at the Hollywood Park meeting through the first nine days of racing, took off his mounts on Wednesday because of illness, according to his agent, Vic Stauffer.

Rosario went through part of his prerace morning routine on Wednesday, including a jog, but did not feel well, Stauffer said. Rosario was expected to resume riding on Thursday.

Through Sunday, Rosario had 17 wins, two more than Rafael Bejarano.

Daytona cranking up

Daytona, the winner of six stakes, worked six furlongs in 1:14.60 at Santa Anita on Wednesday, moving closer to his first start of 2009.

Daytona has not started since finishing 10th in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita last October. Trainer Dan Hendricks said that Daytona is unlikely to defend his title in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile on turf here on May 25.

"It's asking a lot," he said.

Hyperbaric, who won the Grade 1 Citation Handicap here last November but was 14th in the Dubai Duty Free in March, worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 at Hollywood Park on Wednesday. Trained by Julio Canani, Hyperbaric is expected to start in the Shoemaker.

The race may also draw Union Avenue, who won an allowance race here on April 22. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Union Avenue worked a half-mile in 49.20 seconds on Wednesday. Another possibility for Union Avenue is the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Handicap over 1 1/4 miles on turf on June 6.

* The showdown between the undefeated fillies Carlsbad and Witty in Sunday's $100,000 Railbird Stakes has not scared away too many rivals. As of Wednesday, eight 3-year-old fillies were expected in the seven-furlong race, including Burg Berg, Gold Goddess, Music Magic, Strawberry Tart, Ultra Blend and Will O Way.