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Beam Me Up Scotty

Posted by on 12/1/2014 5:08:01 PM

‘Beam me up Scotty’ may have started as a phrase in the Star Trek series but when you are talking about booking mounts in Southern California the phrase translates to ‘put me up on some winners Scotty’.

The jockey agent we are referring to is Scotty McClellan and over the decades he has been plying his trade outsmarting the other agents on the circuit, he has represented some superstars of the sport.

He has booked mounts for Hall of Famer rider Chris McCarron and Alex Solis. During the time he andMcCarron were partners, the rider won a 2 Kentucky Derbies, 2 Preakness Stakes, 6 Breeders’ Cup Classics and McCarron is still 6th all time in wins.

What agents do is they handicap races basically from the condition book so that they can project where each horse on the grounds will be entered

It’s a case of being ahead of the game and getting in touch with the trainers of runners that are going good in order to secure the mounts for his rider. And it’s not just about handicapping. It’s a case of dealing with personalities, dealing with the emotions of winning and losing races and dealing with the ups and downs of the agony and the success of putting you life on the line every time a rider gets on a horse.

Agents can be old school with contracts and agreements established by just a handshake. Agents earn generally 25% of their rider’s purse earnings. It breaks down like this. If a rider wins a $100,000 race, he will get 10% of the winning purse, which amounts to $6,000. The agent will earn $1,500 of that $6,000.

Scotty was born with an agent pedigree as his father Chick was jockey, trainer, mutuel clerk and jockey agent to Hall of Famer Sandy Hawley and a long time agent for Fernando Toro, who as known as the lawn mower because he was a great rider on grass.

The late great Bobby Frankel brought Joe Talamo to California after seeing him ride at Fair Grounds and Louisiana Downs. Frankel, who was like the E.F. Hutton of trainers, told everybody within earshot that the kid was special and he has proven him to be a prophet.

Early in his days out West, Talamo was dating trainer Ron Ellis’ daughter and was thinking about changing agents.

When Talamo asked him whom he should team with, Ellis replied “Scotty McClellan. He’s honorable, he’s loyal, and he’s always on top of everything. You will never need another agent.”

So far, so right.

That was 6 years ago and Talamo has risen to be one of the best riders in California.

In his career, Talamo has had just over 10,000 mounts and over 1400 of them reached the winner’s circle. His mounts have earned over $75 million. And he has been as consistent as the day is long.

With a month to go in the year his mounts have already surpassed what they made last year. And at 24, his future is so bright, he has to wear shades.

Bettors have to now only know what a rider can do on the track but who is pulling the strings to secure the mounts.

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