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TALAMO DOESN’T STAY LONG AT 1,000 MILESTONE: HE’S ON CLOUD NINE WINNER LET’S GO CHEYENNE IN FEATURE RACE UPSET
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 5, 2012) – Three races after Joe Talamo recorded his 1,000th career victory aboard heavily-favored Splendid Fortune in a maiden race for trainer Bob Baffert at Santa Anita, the 22-year-old jockey captured Thursday’s $61,138 feature event, appropriately named the Cloud Nine Purse.
Talamo guided 5-1 shot Let’s Go Cheyenne to victory by one length over favored Caelis in the mile-and-one-eighth turf event for fillies and mares while timed in 1:46.08.
He took the 4-year-old daughter of Tiznow to the lead during the early running, got her to settle comfortably through a half in 46.69 and a mile in 1:34.19 and had enough in reserve to resist the 8-5 favorite.
In the previous race for both at one mile on March 8, Caelis had run second to Gem of Soul while Let’s Go Cheyenne faded to third, one length behind the runner up.
Trainer Vladimir Cerin removed blinkers from Let’s Go Cheyenne on Thursday, but he thought the key to turning the tables was the added distance of the Cloud Nine Purse.
“I think the extra distance really helped,” said Cerin. “She didn’t have to press as hard early as she had to do in that last race.”
Caelis, ridden by Garrett Gomez, nosed out fast-closing Meltarib for the place. The latter was ridden by apprentice Eswan Flores in the field of eight.
The victorious bay filly paid $13.60, $5.80 and $4.20. The mutuels on Caelis were $3 and $2.40. Meltarib paid $4.40 to show.
The winning purse of $34,800 elevated the career earnings of Let’s Go Cheyenne to $96,410 for Southern Comfort Stable. Her record became 2-2-1 in seven lifetime starts.
Santa Anita presents a card of eight races on Friday with first post at 1 p.m.