Marty McGee, the longtime Kentucky correspondent for the Daily Racing Form, announced Tuesday that he is leaving the paper to become the agent for Joe Talamo. He had been with the Racing Form since 1992.
“After 38 years as a professional racing journalist, I will begin working full-time as an agent for my nephew-in-law, jockey Joe Talamo,” McGee posted on his Twitter account. “Joe and I are very excited about what the future holds. He’s an immense talent who belongs among the game’s elite.”
McGee wrote that the upcoming GI Kentucky Derby will be the 50th straight that he has attended and “my last as a writer and handicapper for Daily Racing Form.”
“In the coming days, I’ll be reaching out to thank many of you who have helped make my dream come true,” he continued on Twitter. “I wanted to write about racing since I was 12, and after working for the Baltimore Sun (1985-92) and the Form (1992 to present), I can honestly say it has been a career of incredible fulfillment. I filed racing stories from 17 different states and was privileged to meet thousands of wonderful people (and horses) along the way. Sometime in the next year or two, I’ll be having my memoirs published, so in the meantime, there’s still plenty of work to do. THANK YOU to my family, friends, and everyone who have helped to make this such a great life in the game I love!”
McGee’s many accomplishments include a 2013 Eclipse Award for writing in the Feature/Commentary category for a story entitled “For Desormeaux, Conflicting Views on his Struggles.”
McGee’s announcement comes roughly six months after Daily Racing Form National Correspondent Jay Privman announced his retirement.
Talamo is a veteran who has been riding since 2006 and has 2,289 career wins. He is 7-for-98 so far this year. In 2007, he won an Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding apprentice.