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The Friday Show Presented By The Jockey Club: McGee Not The Retiring Type

Marty McGee, with the Eclipse Award he won for a 2013 feature on Kent Desormeaux

Marty McGee ended his long run as a writer and handicapper for Daily Racing Form in May after attending his 50th consecutive Kentucky Derby.

But hardly the retiring type, the Eclipse Award-winning journalist moved into a new position as jockey agent for Joe Talamo, who began his career on the West Coast in 2006 but relocated to the Midwest in 2020. Talamo is married to McGee's niece, Elizabeth.

McGee joins Ray Paulick and bloodstock editor Joe Nevills on this week's Friday Show to talk about a range of subjects, starting with the decision by Churchill Downs to move the remainder of its summer meet to Ellis Park and how that affects people who work at the track. He also sheds some light on the differences between his old job and his new one and who has helped mentor him during the career change from horse racing writer to agent.

One of the first things McGee said he's done is put more miles on Talamo's car, booking occasional mounts at Horseshoe Indianapolis in addition to riding at Churchill Downs and now Ellis Park. And he's had Talamo doing morning rounds to work horses at Keeneland and the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington.

And we couldn't let McGee, an avid horseplayer, get away without asking him for his thoughts on the Belmont Stakes.

Watch this week's episode of The Friday Show below:


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