I was thinking as I watched Joe Talamo remain cool under fire, allowing the first Grade 1 of his career to come to him, that this could be the golden age of the apprentice.

What are the chances, after all, that a Julien Leparoux and a Joe Talamo would come along one right after the other?

And so Talamo won the Vanity with Nashobas Key, keeping his partner undefeated in five career starts, then the second Grade 1 of his career a few hours later on the unlikely Bilo at the expense of the heralded Surf Cat.

But then everyone was doubling up yesterday.

There was Rick Violette, getting a Grade 1 title for Prioress winner Dream Rush after he won the opener with maiden breaker Sacred Charm, his second impressive debut winner in as many days.

Clinton Potts shipped 3,000 miles and won a pair of graded stakes on the almost washed out Summit of Speed program at Calder, taking the Grade 1 Princess Rooney with Rivers Prayer and the Grade 2 Carry Back with Black Seventeen.

But then everyone was doubling yesterday. Veteran Jean Luc Samyn took the listed Crockadore with Junkanoo Party then went back to back aboard Inside Info. A natural for Samyn, fittingly, a Samyn on the Green double.

Alan Garcia won a pair, getting through inside on the entire field twice; one turf, one dirt. If you missed his first winner at $19, maybe you got his second at $38?

That turf win was for Barclay Tagg, who doubled after juvenile maiden Tale of Ekati graduated impressively in the second race, giving Eibar Coa a sweep of the early double.

And Robbie Albarado doubled, at Calder of all places. But then he probably would follow the four-year-filly Smittys Sunshine anywhere, which would make sense. Yesterday was her sixth straight win.