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Horse Racing Betting - Say It Is So Joe

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 11/14/2012 5:33:35 PM

Lost in the horse betting excitement of the Breeders’ Cup was the fact that Joe Talamo broke the strangle hold that Rafael Bejarano and Joel Rosario had on the riders colony as he won the title at Santa Anita this fall.

“Say it ain’t so Joe” is a quote associated with Shoeless Joe Jackson involving the World Series Black Sox scandal but there is nothing scandalous about Mr. Talamo.

The kid is 22 going on 50 mentally and he is picking up confidence every single day. Early in his career he was compared to Wonder Kid, Steve Cauthen, who won the last Triple Crown with Affirmed.

The youngster has already won a Breeders’ Cup race for trainer Brian Koriner. He took the Turf Sprint in 2009 and the conditioner had this to say, Koriner: “Joe is very dedicated, something exceptional to see at such a young age. His whole like revolves around being a jockey. He goes to bed early. He works out and on his days off, he thinks about what it takes to get better.”

The pedigree is there too. He is the son of a long time trainer and assistant trainer in Louisiana and Talamo was the first apprentice even to win a riding title at Fair Grounds.

What was initially pivotal in his career is that he moved to California at the encouragement of the late, great Bobby Frankel, who said “the kid rides a horse as well as any rider I have ever seen.”

Winning the Oak Tree title is not easy but Talamo’s average winner paid nearly $8. He was deadly with sprinters and one of the keys to his success was he spread the talent around to a number of barns.

Talamo will have his hands full maintaining his online betting status with Bejarano in full pursuit and there are some new faces in the jockey colony.

Julien Leparoux, who was the top apprentice in 2006 and the Eclipse winner two years ago, has moved his tack from Kentucky. The French native brings his heart too as he is due to be married to trainer Mike Mitchell’s daughter Shea.

Former New York rider Orlando Mojica also will be plying his trade in the sun. A native of Puerto Rico, he is closing in on 2,000 victories and his mounts have earned nearly $30 million in his career.

The promising Eswan Flores is also back after a drug related suspension and he comes back without his bug.

An apprentice to watch is Juan Sanchez, who already has gotten into some clever barns including the stable of Julio Canani.

These are not the only riders to watch in the final SoCal meeting. Agapito Delgadillo is set to break out big time. He won with 12 of his 63 mounts at Santa Anita and has become the ‘go to’ guy for a few barns.

Veteran Corey Nakatani is still one of the strongest riders around and he won with 10 of his 57 starters at Anita. A tiger on grass, he never flinches when the sportsbook money is down.


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