Ticker
  • Kobe's Back goes from last to first down the stretch to win the Palos Verdes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Storied Lady (4-1) up the rail to nip Saythreehailmary's in the Biogio's Rose.Posted 1 day ago
  • Hoppertunity nips Imperative by a San Antonio head-bob.Posted 2 days ago
  • In her seasonal debut, Songbird is a dominant winner of the Las Virgenes at Santa Anita.Posted 2 days ago
  • Lukes Alley kicks it in late to win the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mor Spirit cruises late to win the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita.Posted 2 days ago
  • Aussie-bred Power Alert gets there first in the GP Turf Sprint.Posted 2 days ago
  • Tommy Macho runs away with the Fred Hooper at Gulfsrtream Park.Posted 2 days ago
  • No catching Tammy the Torpedo in the turfy Suwannee River.Posted 2 days ago
  • Lady Shipman (1-5) is an easy winner in the Lady's Turf Sprint at Gulfstream.Posted 2 days ago

No Drama This Time for Talamo, Madame Cactus

Madame Cactus RR 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
There will be no 11th-hour travel drama when Joe Talamo rides Madame Cactus for trainer Peter Eurton in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on opening day.

Such was the case prior to the Grade II Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland last Oct. 19, when Talamo was scheduled to ride the daughter of Cactus Ridge for owners Mr. and Mrs. Marc Ferrell, but due to Murphy’s Law, stayed at Santa Anita and missed what turned out to be an 11-1 upset victory from the 14th post position with Joe Rocco Jr. in the saddle.

Talamo’s agent, Scotty McClellan, describes what happened.

“There were 16 horses entered in the Raven Run, and she was No. 16, but didn’t have enough graded earnings to get in. They entered three hours at Keeneland before we entered at Santa Anita, and I had taken off like six, seven horses here to ride her at Keeneland.”

But when it was thought Madame Cactus wouldn’t draw in, McClellan scurried to regain his mounts at Santa Anita.

“I was able to get back on a few and wound up winning two with two seconds, but I couldn’t put Joe on a plane,” he said. “Madame Cactus wasn’t in the (body of the) race. I said, ‘Pete, I can’t put him on a plane. Do you want to pay for him to go back and not ride?’

“At noon in Kentucky, we got a call and were told the horse got in the race. She ran and won. That’s how it all happened.

“I’ve been working her since and we planned on the La Brea all along.”

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories