Joe Talamo has been named to ride Comma to the Top in the Grade II,
$150,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes at Santa Anita on opening day. It marks the
return to turf for the Florida-bred son of Bwana Charlie, who won his
only previous grass start in the Grade III Generous Stakes on Nov. 27
Comma to the Top, second in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby last
year, also had been nominated to the Malibu Stakes by trainer Peter
Miller. Talamo guided Comma to the Top to a 3 ¼-length victory in a
seven furlong allowance race on Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track on Dec.
11, his first ride aboard the bay gelding.
Probable for the Sir Beaufort: Comma to the Top, Talamo; Irish
Art, Rafael Bejarano; Joes Blazing Aaron, no rider; Mr. Commons, Mike
Smith; Northern Causeway, no rider; Pathfork, no rider;
Thirtyfirststreet, no rider; and Venomous, no rider. Entries for Santa
Anita’s opening day card will be taken on Wednesday.