Bill and Vicki Poston's Ol' Fashion Gal and jockey Joe Talamo win the Grade III $150,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes
Jimmy Durante Stakes
JOE TALAMO (Ol’ Fashion Gal, winner) – “She loves the turf. You can see that. Since they switched her over, she’s two for two. She’s getting better with each race. I had a perfect trip today. I got over (to the rail) and saved ground all the way. Then there was a little opening on the rail; not a big one, but just big enough. She shot right through there. Mark (trainer Mark Casse) is a great guy to ride for. He gives you a lot of confidence. He just says ride ‘em like you know how, then he wishes you luck. You love to ride for a horseman like him.”
MIKE SMITH (Rainha Da Bateria, second) – “I was there with the winner on the turn. He (Joe Talamo on Ol’ Fashion Gal) had the jump on me and he went inside. I was thinking about following him through, but I thought I’d have a better chance going outside and trying to outkick him through the lane. He saved the ground and got it done.”
TYLER BAZE (Don’t Blame Me, third) -- “I had a nice trip with her and she ran good. She’s a nice filly.”
MARK CASSE (Ol’ Fashion Gal, winner) – “Joe (Talamo) rode her just great; he got a perfect trip. I thought this filly’s first race was much better than it looked. The next time she got better and today she was even better. Our other filly (Conquest Artura) was good the first time and today she was a nervous wreck. You just never know.”
FRACTIONS: :23.12 :48.39 1:12.95 1:25.35 1:37.27
This is the first running of the Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar. Previously, it was called the Miesque Stakes and was run 22 times at Hollywood Park.
This is the second stakes win of the meeting for Joe Talamo and his 37th stakes win overall at Del Mar.
This is the second stakes win of the meeting for Mark Casse. It is his third stakes win overall at Del Mar.
Owners Bill and Vicki Poston are from Marietta, GA.