, runner-up in the Del Mar rider
standings the last two years, came up one win short of Rafael Bejarano
and Edwin Maldonado for the meet championship when Betfair Hollywood
Park ended Sunday.
Monday morning, only about 12 hours after
the final race at Hollywood Park, the 23-year-old native of Louisiana
and his agent Scott McClellan could be found making the rounds of the
Del Mar backstretch, securing mounts for the meeting which starts
“It’s part of the game,” Talamo said of the
title share that eluded him in Inglewood. “You just go back to work and
try to win the next one (riding title). This would be the place to do
Talamo’s 42 wins at the 2011 Del Mar
meeting was seven short of Joel Rosario and last year it was Bejarano
prevailing 52-43. Talamo tied the existing Del Mar record for stakes
victories a year ago with 12, only to be one-upped by Bejarano.
The tie by Bejarano and Maldonado _ 51
wins apiece - atop the standings was the first at a Hollywood Park
spring/summer season in 67 years and only the third in the history of
the track. Ralph Neves and Jack Westrope both won 56 races in 1946 while
John Adams and Silvio Coucci each won 46 times during the inaugural
meet in 1938.
Talamo, who began the final week of the
49-day meet with a four-win lead over Bejarano and a seven-victory
cushion over Maldonado, had a meet-high 10 stakes successes.
Neither Bejarano nor Maldonado were displeased with the outcome at Hollywood Park.“
“A tie is OK for me, I’m happy,‘’ said
Bejarano. “I wish in the (meet’s next to last race ) , Talamo would
have won so we could have had a three-way tie for the first time. If I
couldn’t win it all, I wish we could have all finished together.’’
“I’m super happy right now,’’ Maldonado
said. “I was pushing for Talamo in the tenth because I would have loved
to see a three-way tie. I’ll settle for a tie since I was seven behind
going into the last week, so it’s just as good.’’
Bejarano, Talamo, Garrett Gomez – recently
returned from a sabbatical from riding – and Maldonado, the top four in
the 2012 Del Mar standings, are all back. The winning jockeys of the
three Triple Crown races this year – Joel Rosario and Hall of Famers,
Gary Stevens and Mike Smith – will be on site until Rosario heads east
for the opening of Saratoga on Friday.