Horse racing, Santa Anita

Joe is smokin’ at Santa Anita

Jockey Joe Talamo stole the show during the three days of racing last week at Santa Anita Park.

Talamo, who is now the favorite to win the riding title for the spring/summer meet in Arcadia following the injury to Rafael Bejarano, was 5-for-19 on the week. His ride on A Red Tie Day for Bloom Racing on Sunday was a clinic.

Jockeys Kent Desormeaux (13 mounts), Mike Smith (10) and Martin Garcia (nine) all recorded three weeks during the shortened week. Apprentice Drayden Van Dyke was 2-for-20.

On the flip side, Corey Nakatani (1-for-10), Edwin Maldonado (1-12) and Tyler Baze (0-8) were a combined 2-for-30.

In the trainer’s race, Doug O’Neill continues to lead the new meet at Santa Anita as he went 3-for-10. O’Neill admitted in an interview on HRTV that his barn was going good, but the sport was one of cycles and things could change at anytime.

Just asked Peter Miller. After a hot week, Miller came back with an 0-for-7, but he suffered an admittedly bad beat on Sunday lose by less than a nose in one race.

Jerry Hollendorfer was 2-for-4 and Richard Baltas was 2-for-3.

Baltas bears watching this week as the hot barn has a lot of starters Thursday and Friday.

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