Talamo loses mount on St Trinians

Updated: May 25, 2011, 4:16 PM ET
By Brad Free | Daily Racing Form



INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- St Trinians will have a different rider for the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap on June 18, trainer Mike Mitchell confirmed Tuesday. The 6-year-old mare won the Grade 2 Milady Handicap on Saturday, but was disqualified from first and placed fourth after drifting in under the right-handed whip of jockey Joe Talamo.

"They all make mistakes," Mitchell said. "I love Joe, but I'm going to have to make a change. She had the whole outside of the track, and she will respond to a left-handed whip."

St Trinians was outside her rivals in the stretch, but under the right-hand whip she drifted inward and caused She's Cheeky to steady between horses and fall from third to fourth. The stewards ruled the incident cost She's Cheeky the chance for a better placing. St Trinians was disqualified and placed behind that rival in fourth. The original runner-up Ultra Blend inherited the win.

"The fact I came in wasn't that bad," Talamo said. "I think the chain reaction, where [She's Cheeky] had to take up was the reason. It was sort of the wrong place at the wrong time for all of us."

The stewards suspended Talamo three days (May 28-30) for "failure to make the proper effort to maintain a straight course in the stretch, and causing interference."

The Milady would have been the 2,500th career win for Mitchell, who reached the milestone Sunday when One Bad Romance won race 1 under Talamo.

"The milestone was great, but the stake would have been more important," Mitchell admitted.

The good news is 6-year-old St Trinians came out the race in good shape. Mitchell said he will point her to the Vanity, a Grade 1 expected to include Blind Luck, Switch, and Miss Match. St Trinians finished second to Zenyatta in the 2010 Vanity. Mitchell said he was "working on" finding a rider for St Trinians.