• The Pizza Man dominates the Hollywood Turf Cup.Posted 11 hours ago
  • Heart to Heart runs away with the River City on the Churchill Downs turf.Posted 12 hours ago
  • Green Gratto holds off a brigade to win the Fall Highweight at 24-1.Posted 13 hours ago
  • It's all Favorite Tale in the Fabulous Strike.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lavender Chrissie romps past Calamity Kate in the Zia Park Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mobile Bay wins the Zia Park Derby, while International Star fades to fourth.Posted 1 day ago
  • It's all Lewys Vaporizer in the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint at Mahoning Valley.Posted 3 days ago
  • Solid Wager rolls late in the Cary Grant; Big Macher last at 2-5.Posted 4 days ago
  • Dolphus (Lookin at Lucky), 1/2 brother to Rachel Alexandra, wins his career debut at Fair Grounds.Posted 4 days ago
  • Rusty Slipper proves best in the 11-furlong Red Carpet.Posted 5 days ago

Guilt Trip, Talamo Eye Big 'Cap Upset

Game On Dude is the marquee horse in Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap, but at least one person cautions not to overlook a less-accomplished stablemate trained by Bob Baffert in Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 classic for 4-year-olds and up at a mile and a quarter.

That would be Joe Talamo. Call it naiveté, youthful enthusiasm, unflagging confidence or a combination of the three, but the 23-year-old rider who pilots Guilt Trip in the Big ’Cap feels the horse he rallied to win the Feb. 3 Strub Stakes on at 1 1/8 miles will appreciate the additional furlong even more.

“I think a mile and a quarter is right up his alley,” said Talamo, who has ridden the 4-year-old Pulpit colt twice, finishing third by a half-length in the 1 1/16-mile San Fernando Stakes prior to the Strub victory.

“Everything set up good for him in the Strub. He’s such a nice horse to ride, really. If they go fast, he can be back; if they go slow, he can be forwardly placed. I know he’s got a tough task beating Game On Dude, but I think he can do it.”

Gold and glory aside, victory in the Santa Anita Handicap would enhance Talamo’s resume.

“Oh, definitely,” he said. “The Big ’Cap. That’s one of the most famous races in history, dating back to Seabiscuit and George Woolf. It would definitely be a big feather in my cap to win it.” Guilt Trip worked five furlongs Monday 1:00.40.

The field for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, the 10th of 11 races: Ron the Greek, Jose Lezcano, 5-2; Handsome Mike, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; Deacon Speakin’, Alberto Delgado, 50-1; Called to Serve, Gary Stevens, 6-1; Clubhouse Ride, Rafael Bejarano, 30-1; Richard’s Kid, Tyler Baze, 12-1; John Scott, Martin Garcia, 20-1; Stephanoatsee, Julien Leparoux, 8-1; Game On Dude, Mike Smith, 6-5; and Guilt Trip, Joe Talamo, 6-1.


comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories