Phil D’Amato

Pee Wee Reese Rolls To Victory In Joe Hernandez At Santa Anita

If there is such a thing as The Big Dodger in the Sky, he was smiling down on Santa Anita on Monday, as Pee Wee Reese went to the front in the $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes under Joe Talamo, winning by 2 3/4 lengths. Owned and bred in California by Nick Alexander and trained by […]

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‘Uncertainty’ About Timetable To Rebuild San Luis Rey Downs

While the horses and stable staff affected by the fire at San Luis Rey Downs are beginning to settle in to a regular routine, there is still some underlying concern about how long they will stay at Del Mar. “The biggest uncertainty is where we’re going to be,” Phil D’Amato assistant Linda Thrash told the […]

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Bowies Hero Up In Time To Win Mathis Brothers Mile

Kroy had what looked to be an insurmountable lead at the three-sixteenths pole, but Agave Racing Stable’s Bowies Hero came with a strong late run under Kent Desormeaux to win Tuesday’s Grade 2 Mathis Brothers Mile by a half-length at the wire. The 3-year-old son of Artie Schiller, earning a fifth lifetime victory at the […]

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Horses Lost In San Luis Rey Tragedy Identified By CHRB

The California Horse Racing Board expresses its deepest sympathy for all victims of the fire at the San Luis Rey training center. Outrider Les Baker and trainers Martine Bellocq and Joe Herrick all were injured while attempting to rescue horses from the fire. Although more than 400 horses were saved, 46 horses tragically perished. To […]

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Hunt Just Able To Hold On For Seabiscuit Victory

Michael House’s Irish-bred Hunt, off at 3-1, was all-out late to hold off the closing rush of He Will by a nose in Sunday’s G2 Seabiscuit Stakes. The 5-year-old son of Dark Angel, ridden to victory by Flavien Prat, stalked the early pacesetters and took over the lead in the stretch to earn his eighth […]

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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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