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October 18, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
There could be a changing of the guard taking place at Santa Anita, where 22-year-old jockey Joe Talamo is making a strong bid to win the autumn riding championship. Talamo won four races Thursday at Santa Anita, giving him 20 for the meeting while moving out to a four-win lead over Rafael Bejarano in the jockey standings. Talamo has never won a riding title in Southern California. Bejarano and Joel Rosario have dominated in recent years. But Talamo has been making steady progress and seems in ideal position to challenge Bejarano.
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February 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jockeys are some of the most courageous athletes around. But they're about to be tested. A group of jockeys riding at Santa Anita will take on middle school students from Arcadia Holy Angels in a charity basketball game on Thursday night at 7:15 p.m. at Pasadena La Salle High. Proceeds benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Eye on Jacob Foundation. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $5 if you purchase two and fans will receive one general admission ticket to Santa Anita.
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October 31, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
On a day jockey Joe Talamo rode four winners, the 21st running of the California Cup focused attention on horses bred in California, and most unusual was that for the first time since 2006, no horses sired by the prolific Unusual Heat emerged victorious in seven stakes worth $700,000 at the Oak Tree meeting at Hollywood Park. The richest race Saturday went to Soul Candy, a 4-year-old gelding by former East Coast sprinter Birdonthewire who rallied in the stretch to overtake Unusual Suspect and win the $150,000 California Cup Classic by 1 1?
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December 21, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
After 75 years of horse racing, Betfair Hollywood Park has reached closing day. The Inglewood track will close its doors permanently after Sunday's 11-race card. The $200,000 King Glorious Stakes for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs is the final stakes to be run. The jockey champion could come down to the final race, with Rafael Bejarano and Joe Talamo in a tight competition. First post is 12:30 p.m. Hollywood Park opened in 1938 and has seen some of the greatest thoroughbreds in history race on its track.
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June 11, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
If Hollywood Park had year-round racing, Acclamation might never lose. The 5-year-old son of Unusual Heat has won six races in 25 starts, and five have come running over the Inglewood track's turf course, including Saturday's triumph in the $250,000 Grade I Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap. Acclamation joins John Henry as the only multiple winners of the Whittingham Handicap. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Acclamation won by 31/2 lengths over Celtic New Year in a wire-to-wire performance in the 11/4-mile race.
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April 20, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
As scissors clicked and a razor buzzed, the unflappable Joe Talamo sat in the Santa Anita jockeys recreation room getting a haircut as a camera crew from Animal Planet hovered nearby recording his every move. Talamo is 12 days away from riding in his first Kentucky Derby aboard one of the favorites, I Want Revenge, and those who wonder whether the 19-year-old is ready for the pressures associated with America's most famous horse race will soon learn how mature and prepared he truly is.
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April 22, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
On the final day of the 71-day Santa Anita meeting Sunday, the marathon 13/4-mile San Juan Capistrano Handicap produced a thrilling finish. When the photo showed that Interaction had beaten All Squared Away by a nose, 80-year-old Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally got to bask in the glow of another memorable triumph. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Interaction came charging on the inside in deep stretch to pass All Squared Away and give McAnally his third victory in the unique $150,000 race that starts at the top of the hillside turf course and was won 14 times by Hall of Fame trainer Charles Whittingham.
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February 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Jockeys are some of the most courageous athletes around. But they're about to be tested. A group of jockeys riding at Santa Anita will take on middle school students from Arcadia Holy Angels in a charity basketball game on Thursday night at 7:15 p.m. at Pasadena La Salle High. Proceeds benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Eye on Jacob Foundation. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $5 if you purchase two and fans will receive one general admission ticket to Santa Anita.
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April 25, 2009
Regarding Bill Dwyre's April 21 column about horse racing: Rookie Kentucky Derby rider Joe Talamo and his mount (I Want Revenge) will get knocked around from pillar to post. Too much trouble to win. Jeff Mullins' fine in New York is a slap on the wrist. Horse racing in Southern California has been around for 75-plus years, and has endured tougher times than these, World War II for one. Oh, things will change, but like the old adage, the more things change the more they stay the same.
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December 16, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
The final day of the 24-day Betfair Hollywood Park autumn meeting Sunday produced a 60-1 shocker in the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes. Weewinnin, under jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., pulled off the upset in the seven-furlong race for Cal-bred 2-year-olds. Weewinnin, trained by Brian Koriner, returned $122.00, $54.20 and $20.40. Fighting Hussar finished second and Monument third. The riding title was won for the first time by 30-year-old jockey Edwin Maldonado, who finished one victory ahead of Rafael Bejarano.
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July 15, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Betfair Hollywood Park contains special memories for trainer Tom Proctor, who remembers being 16 and standing in the winner's circle in 1972 after Convenience, the mare his father Willard trained, won a memorable winner-take-all match race against Typecast in front of 53,575. It was only fitting that Proctor was back in the winner's circle Sunday on the final day of the last spring-summer meeting at the Inglewood track after his 5-year-old mare, Marketing Mix, won the $100,250 Sunset Handicap by one length over defending champion Dhaamer.
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May 25, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Obviously is one of the top milers in American horse racing, and the 5-year-old gelding showed off his talent on Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park, winning the $150,000 American Handicap at a mile on the turf course. Under jockey Joe Talamo, Obviously finished 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Lucayan in a field of six. Trainer Mike Mitchell earned his 898th career victory at the soon-to-be-closed Hollywood Park. The winning time was 1:32.95, not far off from the course record of 1:32.59 set in 2009 by Monterey Jazz.
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April 22, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
On the final day of the 71-day Santa Anita meeting Sunday, the marathon 13/4-mile San Juan Capistrano Handicap produced a thrilling finish. When the photo showed that Interaction had beaten All Squared Away by a nose, 80-year-old Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally got to bask in the glow of another memorable triumph. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Interaction came charging on the inside in deep stretch to pass All Squared Away and give McAnally his third victory in the unique $150,000 race that starts at the top of the hillside turf course and was won 14 times by Hall of Fame trainer Charles Whittingham.
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February 28, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
For the first time in its 76-year history, the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap will feature two past winners — last year's Ron The Greek and 2011 champion Game On Dude. "I'm confident my horse is going to run a big race," said Bob Baffert, who trains Game On Dude. That certainty about the 6/5 favorite for the $750,000 Big 'Cap on Saturday is rooted in Game On Dude's recent performances, a 1 1/4-length win in the $250,000 Native Diver Stakes on Dec. 1 and a more-impressive 6 1/2-length triumph Feb. 3 in the $196,000 San Antonio Stakes.
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February 9, 2013
The rider was the bigger story than the horse Saturday at Santa Anita. Veteran Gary Stevens, a Hall of Fame jockey making the second comeback of his career, bolted from the gate to the lead aboard Slim Shadey in the featured $150,000 Grade II San Marcos Stakes. And stayed right there. It was only Slim Shadey's fourth victory in 24 starts and Stevens said that trainer Simon Callaghan had the 5-year-old perfectly prepared. It was the first stakes victory for Stevens, 49, since he announced his comeback Jan. 3 and got on his first horse Jan. 6. He had won two other races, but not a major race.
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February 2, 2013 | Wire reports
It's barely February, so Bob Baffert isn't rushing to anoint Flashback as his top Kentucky Derby contender. The gray colt made a solid case for himself, though, winning the $196,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by 61/4 lengths at Santa Anita in his 3-year-old debut Saturday. Baffert had a good day overall, with his 2-1 favorite Guilt Trip winning the $200,250 Strub Stakes by 11/2 lengths for owners Gary and Mary West, who also own Flashback. Baffert also won the first race on the card.
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October 6, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
It's going to take a lucrative payment to nominate Obviously for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile next month at Santa Anita, but trainer Mike Mitchell and co-owners Anthony Fanticola and Joe Scardino are convinced the 4-year-old gelding has earned a shot based on his freakish-like performances in his last two races. Last month, Obviously set a course record for a mile on the turf at Del Mar in 1:32.10. On Saturday at Santa Anita, Obviously won the $150,000 Arroyo Seco Mile by a half-length over Trailblazer in 1:31.95, just six-hundreths of a second off the course record of 1:31.89.
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April 21, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer
California Flag is an 8-year-old gelding who won the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita's hillside turf course in 2009. By now, most horses his age have been retired. But California Flag made his 2012 debut a memorable one Saturday at Santa Anita, winning the $100,000 San Simeon Handicap by 2 1/4 lengths over Sayif while giving his trainer, Brian Koriner, confidence that he might be able to make the next Breeders' Cup this fall at Santa Anita. "It was nice to see him back," Koriner said.
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January 20, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Market Quote, a first-time starter in the fourth race at Santa Anita on Sunday, was left in the gate for nearly three seconds but was able to overtake the field for the victory. The 4-year-old daughter of After Market was making her debut for trainer John Shirreffs in a mile race on turf for maiden fillies. She balked when the starting gate opened. By the time she started running after urging from jockey Joe Talamo, she was 10 lengths behind in a field of nine. “Right when the gate opened, I think it scared her,” Talamo said.
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