Joe Talamo has ridden Weewinnin
one time, finishing a game second in a six furlong turf sprint at Hollywood Park on Dec. 21. It was the first race in almost a year for Weewinnin, whose major claim to fame is a 60-1 upset against state-breds in the King Glorious at Hollywood in December of 2012.
Next up: Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic presented by City National Bank at 1 1/8 miles.
Talamo’s enthusiasm for the 4-year-old Comic Strip gelding is undeterred despite the significant increase in distance from six to nine furlongs.
“He ran a great race last out,” Talamo said. “It was his first in almost a year, so he probably needed the race. It should set him up well for this race. Even though it’s a mile and an eighth, I don’t see the distance being a problem.
“He should be fairly close, if not on the lead. Hopefully, we can try and get the jump on everybody.”
Talamo is named to ride in nine straight races Saturday, the second through the 10th. “I’ve done it before,” said the Louisiana native who recently celebrated his 24th birthday. “In fact, I rode in 11 races here one day and might have ridden in 12 once at Fairplex. It was easy back then when I was a kid.”
The field for the Turf Classic presented by City National Bank: Summer Hit, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Affrettando, Orlando Mojica, 20-1; Lucky Primo, Martin Garcia, 15-1; Empty Headed, Alonso Quinonez, 10-1; Huntsville, Mike Smith, 5-1; Weewinnin, Talamo, 8-1; Jules Journey, Gary Stevens, 5-1; Tiz a Minister, Saul Arias, 6-1; China Prince, Corey Nakatani, 12-1; Unusual Meeting, Frank Alvarado, 20-1; Stoney Fleece, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Hittheroadrunning, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Jonny’s Choice, Patrick Valenzuela, 30-1; and Maybe Tuesday, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1.