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Posted by Brian Mulligan on 12/11/2012 5:34:06 PM

Sports agents like Drew Rosenhaus and Steve Boras deal with negotiating salaries with the owners of teams but jockey agents must deal with trainers, owners and riders to get their guy on the fastest horse.

It’s an occupation that is not easy but online sports betting site players should be aware of who is representing whom on each circuit. It can help to explain why a certain rider will take a certain mount and what the long range plans may be for a rider.

Rider Joe Talamo recently broke the strangle hold that Rafael Bejarano and Joel Rosario had on the riding colony in Southern California and the man that helped him achieve the success is agent Scotty McClellan.

After seeing McClellan decades earlier hustling mounts in the mornings at Santa Anita, it’s hard to believe he just celebrated his 40th year as an agent and he has had some good riders.

He had Frank Olivares, who was a top ten SoCal rider at the height of competition against guys like Bill Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay Jr. and who’s daughter Christine does a terrific job for TVG.

Marco Castaneda, Corry Black, Richard Migliore, David Flores, Darrel McHargue and Alex Solis also employed McClellan. His best rider was Hall of Famer Chris McCarron.

Scotty was born with an agent pedigree as his father Chick was a long time agent for Fernando Toro.

What agents do is they handicap online horse betting races basically from the condition book so that they can project where each horse on the grounds will be entered.

It’s a case of being ahead of the game and getting in touch with the trainers of runners that are going good in order to secure the mounts for his rider.

And it’s not just about handicapping. It’s a case of dealing with personalities, dealing with the emotions of winning and losing races and dealing with the ups and downs of the agony and the success of putting you life on the line every time a rider gets on a horse.

Agents can be old school with contracts and agreements established by just a handshake.

Agents earn generally 25% of their riders purse earnings. It breaks down like this. If a rider wins a $100,000 race, he will get 10% of the winning purse, which amounts to $6,000.

The agent will earn $1,500 of that $6,000.

When McCarron hired McClellan, Scotty told him he would never hire another agent and he didn’t.

Online sports betting site players that deal with SoCal should know the top agents and how they represent.

Tony Matos has been booking mounts for years and he has two of the best in California in Garrett Gomez and Victor Espinoza.

Saul Martinez has the up and coming rider Agapito Delgadillo and Ron Eubanks, who used to have Joel Rosario, now books assignments for Edwin Maldonado.

Joe Ferrer has the perennial king pin Bejarano while Jim Pegram handles Martin Garcia, who gets a ton of mounts from the Bob Baffert barn.

The best rider at Fairplex, Martin Pedroza, has had a long time relationship with Richie Silverstein as an agent and is has worked well for both of them over the years.

When handicapping in SoCal, betting sites players should keep in mind who is calling the strings and booking the mounts.


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