Joseph Talamo

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Joseph Talamo
Joe Talamo aboard Nashoba's Key after
winning the 2007 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap
Occupation Jockey
Born January 12, 1990
Terrytown, Louisiana, United States
Career wins 1,700+ (ongoing)
Major racing wins
American Handicap (2011)
American Oaks (2011)
California Cup Distaff (2012)
California Cup Mile (2010)
California Cup Sprint (2007, 2010)
Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (2011)
Citation Handicap (2009)
Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (2007, 2012)
Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes (2007)
Cougar II Handicap (2010, 2011)
Del Mar Handicap (2012)
Del Mar Mile Handicap (2011, 2012)
Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (2013)
Gotham Stakes (2009)
Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (2010, 2012)
Hollywood Starlet Stakes (2011)
Hollywood Turf Express Handicap (2008)
Hollywood Oaks (2012)
La Canada Stakes (2012)
La Jolla Handicap (2012)
Landaluce Stakes (2010, 2011)
Las Cienegas Handicap (2010)
Los Angeles Handicap (2009, 2011)
Mervyn Leroy Handicap (2009, 2012)
Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap (2007, 2012)
Moccasin Stakes (2009)
Morvich Handicap (2008, 2009)
Native Diver Handicap (2010)
Providencia Stakes (2007)
Railbird Stakes (2007)
Rancho Bernardo Handicap (2011)
San Felipe Stakes (2010)
San Fernando Stakes (2009)
San Pasqual Handicap (2011)
San Simeon Handicap (2012)
Santa Anita Derby (2010)
Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (2008, 2012)
Santa Maria Handicap (2009)
Santa Ysabel Stakes (2008)
Sunset Handicap (2009)
San Vicente Stakes (2010)
Sunshine Millions Turf (2011)
Swaps Stakes (2011, 2012)
Thunder Road Handicap (2011)
Tokyo City Cup (2009)
Triple Bend Invitational Handicap (2007, 2012)
Vanity Handicap (2007)
Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (2007, 2010)
Wickerr Stakes (2012)
Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes (2010)
Wood Memorial Stakes (2009)
Yellow Ribbon Stakes (2007, 2012)

International Wins
Royal North Stakes (2010)

Breeders' Cup Wins
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (2009)
Racing awards
United States Champion Apprentice Jockey (2007)
Significant horses
Nashoba's Key, California Flag, Nownownow,
I Want Revenge, Sidney's Candy, Caracortado

Joseph Talamo (born January 12, 1990 in Marrero, Louisiana) is a Champion jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing.

Born and raised in Marrero on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, within the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area, Joe Talamo was influenced by a father who worked in horse racing as an assistant trainer. At age eleven, he began riding horses and worked as a stable boy. Like many successful Cajun jockeys before him, Talamo first raced at a bush track. His skills and desire was such that he decided to leave high school in order to pursue a professional riding career. He debuted at Louisiana Downs in June 2006 and went on to become the first apprentice jockey to win a riding title at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.

In April 2007, during his breakout year fresh off his riding title at the Fair Grounds, Talamo moved to live in Playa del Rey, California from where he competes primarily at race tracks in the southern part of the state. He was the second leading jockey in wins during the Hollywood Park Racetrack 2007 Spring/Summer meet. For 2007, he notably earned five Grade I Graded stakes race wins and was voted the Eclipse Award as the 2007 United States Champion Apprentice Jockey.

Joe Talamo has been the regular jockey on I Want Revenge who was the favorite to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby but the horse was scratched on the day of the race. He had said that if he wins the Derby, he is going to donate twenty-five percent of what he earns to the Children's Hospital of New Orleans that cares for all children, regardless of a family's ability to pay. [1]

Talamo was one of the jockeys featured Animal Planet's 2009 reality documentary, Jockeys.

He was invited by the Hong Kong Jockey Club to participate in the Cathay Pacific International Jockey Championship in December 2009.

He jockeyed atop Sidney's Candy in the 2010 Kentucky Derby. The horse finished in 17th place and out of the money.

Year-end charts in the United States[edit]

Chart (2007–present) Peak
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2007 14
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2008 36
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2009 19
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2010 22
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2011 12
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2012 9
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2013 15
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2014 12
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2015 28