jdlogo_600Melatonin was coming back from an extended layoff in a six furlong allowance race at Del Mar, a race loaded with early speed. As the #3 horse, Melatonin broke from the inside in a large field, so early position would be critical.

Jockey Joe Talamo broke Melatonin perfectly and was right on the lead a few jumps out of the gate. That is where Talamo made a move (or lack thereof) to win the race.

Talamo was able to ease Melatonin off a fast pace contested by four horses and sat chilly, saving all the ground around the turn. Entering the stretch, early pacesetter Rule He Will was tiring but was anchored on the rail, so Talamo shifted his mount out one path and drove Melatonin to victory as a number of entrants closed down the middle of the track after going wide throughout the race.

Melatonin paid $63.60 to win. A 25 year old native of Louisiana, Talamo is currently the third ranked jockey at Del Mar with 18 wins.

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