Phil D’Amato

Barbara Beatrice Earns Black Type In California Distaff Handicap

In a race reduced to six runners with three program scratches, late running Barbara Beatrice uncorked a big turn of foot to register her first-ever stakes win in taking Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap by three quarters of a length under Tiago Pereira. Trained, bred and owned in-part by Phil D’Amato, the 5-year-old California-bred daughter of Grazen […]

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Prat Wins Del Mar Riding Crown; Baltas, D’Amato Share Training Title

Flavien Prat returned from a trip to his native France to win seven races in the last three days of the meeting to claim outright for 2017 the Del Mar riding title he shared with Rafael Bejarano in 2016. The 25-year-old from Melun, France, started the final six-day week of the season with a two-win […]

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Hunt Up The Rail In Del Mar Handicap For Back-To-Back Graded Victories

Earning his first graded stakes win last out in the G2 Eddie Read Stakes, Michael House’s Hunt came back to add to that tally in Saturday’s Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap. The victory also earns the 5-year-old son of Dark Angel a paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup Longines Turf this fall at Del Mar. […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Diva, Against All Odds

As Rick Waller watched the Sorrento Stakes field approaching Del Mar’s starting gate, trainer Phil D’Amato’s excitement was just starting to catch on. The excitement built as the race went off, and the owner was afraid to hope as 10 juvenile fillies flew down the backstretch, but the little chestnut he first saw at six […]

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D’Amato On Pace To Threaten Baffert’s Stakes Record At Del Mar

In 2000, the 60th summer season at Del Mar and the first of a new century, Bob Baffert was in the winner’s circle following stakes races 13 of a possible 28 times. A track record for a trainer that figured to stand for a long time. And so it has, to this the 78th season and into […]

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Spectator Announces Her Presence With Strong Sorrento Victory

Rick and Sharon Waller’s homebred filly Spectator was the runaway winner of Saturday’s Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar, vying for the lead throughout and galloping through the wire with a four-length margin of victory. The 2-year-old daughter of Jimmy Creed, ridden by Jamie Theriot for trainer Phil D’Amato, covered 6 1/2 furlongs over […]

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‘A Million Reasons To Get Beat’: Drefong Fine After Eventful Bing Crosby

Thirty yards out of the gate, Saturday’s $300,000 Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes went from high expectations to high anxiety. When 2016 Eclipse Award sprinter Drefong suddenly shot to the left at the gap where the chute meets the main track, sending Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith flying, the race was changed and so were the […]

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Ransom The Moon Logra Su Pase A La Breeders’ Cup En Un Accidentado Bing Crosby S.

Aunque el resultado final del Bing Crosby S. (G1, $300,000) no fue para nada inesperado, la forma como se desarrolló la carrera definitivamente sí lo fue. Diez ejemplares disputaron la importante prueba, que al pertenecer a la serie “Win and You’re In” de la Breeders’ Cup le garantiza al ganador su inscripción totalmente pagada en […]

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Ransom The Moon Avoids Trouble For Bing Crosby Win; Drefong Dropped Smith At Start

Jeffry Wilke and Agave Racing Stable’s Ransom The Moon was able to avoid the loose horse and subsequent trouble to win Saturday’s G1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar by 1 1/2 lengths, earning an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint over the same course in November. Race favorite Drefong shied toward the gap […]

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Drefong Reaparece Este Sábado Buscando Su Pase A La Breeders’ Cup Sprint

La última vez que vimos correr a Drefong fue en la Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) en Santa Anita, el pasado 5 de Noviembre. El hijo de Gio Ponti logró una lucida victoria, su quinta en seis salidas, y logró méritos suficientes para llevarse el Eclipse Award como Campeón Sprinter. Drefong reaparecerá finalmente este sábado 29 […]

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