OVERNIGHT SENSATION’ RISPOLI SEEKS NEW AGENT

March 1, 2020

Umberto Rispoli made a sudden and sensational impact with both horsemen and handicappers through 32 days of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet with 27 victories, three of them yesterday, but in a classic example of what have you done for me lately, today he is looking for a new agent.

The 31-year-old two-time champion in his native of Italy took Santa Anita by storm under the sagacious guidance of world class agent Ron Anderson, but when it was announced yesterday that Anderson will now represent Hall of Fame member John Velazquez in addition to future Hall of Famer Joel Rosario, that left Rispoli sans representation and undecided as to whether he will continue in California or go elsewhere.

“At the moment I have no plans,” Rispoli said Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner between exercising horses. “This happened so fast, I have no idea what I’m going to do or what agent I’m going to take.

“I only got the news two days ago and it’s not easy because it hit me like a thunderstorm fell on my head. Honestly, I still don’t know. I have races to focus on today and will have a break tomorrow to think about what is going to be best for me.

“California has been very kind to me so far and it would be good to stay if I can find a good agent. Going to Kentucky raises the question of people there not knowing me like they do here, but so far, no plan, no decision.

“I feel a little lost but hope to find myself soon, so I’m not worried about that. It was a surprising decision to me, but Ron decided John probably was best for him.

“I’m very grateful to Ron because if it wasn’t for him, I would never be in America and I’m sure he’s going to help me make the right decision for my future.”

Rispoli said he’s had no inquiries from other agents at this early point, although Scotty McClellan, who reached racing’s apex representing Hall of Fame members Chris McCarron and Alex Solis, has been prominently mentioned among prospective agents. 

Contacted by phone this morning, McClellan, who has not had a rider since Joe Talamo left California for parts east in early January, said he would be interested in representing Rispoli.

“I want to look around,” Rispoli continued. “I’m new in this country, only been here two months, and this happened so fast I still have to decide what’s best for me as well as my family.

“I’m pretty sure Ron will help me make the right choice in finding a new agent.”

Via Santa Anita Stable Notes Ed Golden

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