Talented Joe Talamo, 24-year-old native of New Orleans, notched victory number 1,500 with an upset triumph in Thursday’s fourth race at Del Mar and then put the icing on the cake with a wire-to-wire success aboard Demonica in the afternoon’s feature, a $58,000 mile and one-sixteenth race over the infield turf course.
Talamo achieved his career milestone win on 7-1 longshot Ol’ Fashion Gal, returning to $16.80, and then made it 1,501 on Demonica, a convincing almost two-length winner of the seventh race.
Demonica, a three-year-old daughter of First Defence owned by C R K Stable and trained by John Sadler, responded to Talamo’s deft rating to lead throughout, running the distance in a 1:42.51 and paying $6.80 as second choice in the betting.
Frandontjudge, a 15-1 outsider, was second, a neck in front of Market Quote, with Casey’s Clem fourth in the field of eight older fillies and mares.
Across the board, Demonica paid $6.80, $4.20 and $3.60 after scoring her second win in five outings. Frandontjudge paid $12.20 and $7, while Market Quote returned $3.60 to show.
With no perfect tickets in the Pick Six, Friday’s program will feature a carryover of $39,639. Post time for the first race is 12:30 with the Pick Six conducted on races three through eight.
Thursday’s attendance was 4,152.