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.

Horse racing, Santa Anita

Santa Anita Park picks for Sunday, June 1

FIRST RACE: 1. American Pride, 2. Rusty Road, 3. Steep N Deep. LONG SHOT: Knuckle Curve.

I know Bloom Racing likes KNUCKLE CURVE, but inside post (No. 2) is a concern and so is trainer Ron Ellis’ 0-for-21 record with first-time starters.


SECOND RACE: 1. Coo Cachoo, 2. Tuckers Point, 3. Unstopper Topper. LONG SHOT: Dr. Williams.


THIRD RACE: 1. Moscato Girl, 2. L T Reckless, 3. Sensational Nikki. LONG SHOT: Lazy Daisy May.


FOURTH RACE: 1. Little Miss S (best bet), 2. Denotation, 3. Best Efforts. LONG SHOT: Southern Sunshine.

Trainer Bob Baffert scratched this 3-year-old LITTLE MISS S out of a race on Saturday to go here. The daughter of Candy Ride has been tearing up the track in the morning getting ready for her debut. Jockey Elvis Trujillo, who came from Gulfstream Park, jumps on.


FIFTH RACE: 1. Pure Tactics, 2. County Lineman, 3. Artest. LONG SHOT: Zimmer.


SIXTH RACE: 1. Yodel Up a Storm, 2. More Stormyweather, 3. Pearl de Vere. LONG SHOT: Our Glitter Ball.


SEVENTH RACE: 1. Sunny Kat, 2. J Kat, 3. Storm the Channel. LONG SHOT: A Red Tie Day.

Again Bloom Racing has thought about running A RED TIE DAY on the turf, but this is the first time. He has run into some real tough maiden heats and unfortunately draws the outside post here (No. 9) going a mile, which isn’t a good draw.


EIGHTH RACE: 1. Peacenik, 2. Chasintheaces, 3. Parliamentarian. LONG SHOT: Syndicated.


NINTH RACE: 1. Super Reagan, 2. Stealth Fighter, 3. Triunfo. LONG SHOT: Aftermarketslam.

SUPER REAGAN, a 3-year-old gelding,  finished a close up fourth in this career debut at Hollywood Park. Now, after a layoff, comes back against bottom level maiden claimers. Look for jockey Elvis Trujillo to put him in the race early for train Doug O’Neill.

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Saturday’s top choice winners: 1 (Screamin Earlierine #9.60, third race)

Saturday’s second choice winners: 2 (Whine for Wine $7.20, second; Schoolofhardrocks $6.20, fourth)

Saturday’s third choice winners: 3 (Hog’s Hollow $17.60, first; Scene Queen $10.20, sixth; Clubhouse Ride $15, seventh)

Saturday’s long shot winners: 1 (Room Service $6.40, eighth)