ARCADIA, Calif. (April 5, 2012)—Joe Talamo, a 22-year-old native of Marrero, Louisiana, notched his 1,000th career victory on Thursday at Santa Anita, winning the fourth race aboard heavily favored Splendid Fortune, who is conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and is owned by her breeder, Arnold Zetcher. Making her second career start, Splendid Fortune was off at odds of 2-5 and won by 7 ¼ lengths.
“That was fun. It’s nice to get it out of the way early,” said Talamo.
“My mom was the one who gave me permission to ride at a young age but I had to toe the line,” said Talamo in an interview with HRTV’s Kurt Hoover. “It was ‘Yes ma’am, no ma’am,’ or I got a whipping. I really have to give all the credit to my parents for letting me start at such a young age to do what I wanted to do, and it paid off. I left school when I was in the 10th grade and they’ve always supported me.”