Phil D’Amato

Miller’s Four-Win Saturday Puts Him Atop Trainer Standings At Del Mar

Trainer Peter Miller saddled four winners on Saturday to open a six-win lead over his pursuers and appear to salt away his third straight Del Mar fall training championship and his fourth in the five years of the meet’s existence. Miller’s wins Saturday came with Gray Magician (2nd, Flavien Prat, $3.00), Acker (3rd, Rafael Bejarano, […]

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D’Amato, Alexander Enter Pair In Sunday’s Betty Grable

Nine older fillies and mares bred in California will take their turn in the Del Mar spotlight Sunday in the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes at seven furlongs over the seaside track’s main dirt oval. Post time for the first of nine races Sunday is 12:30 p.m. Racing will continue Monday, Veterans Day, featuring two-year-old fillies […]

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Storm The Hill Thunders Down The Hill To Win Senator Ken Maddy Stakes

With a fast pace to run at, Storm the Hill was content to lag far back early and ramble late, as she easily overhauled favored Painting Corners to win Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes at Santa Anita by 1 ¾ lengths under Rafael Bejarano. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old daughter of […]

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Painting Corners Heads Wide Open Field Of 10 In Saturday’s Ken Maddy

In what appears to be one of the best betting races on Saturday’s 11-race program, Painting Corners, Rubilinda, I’m Betty G and Storm the Hill head a wide-open field of 10 fillies and mares three and up going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in the G3 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes. Trained […]

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Dual Grade 1 Winner Ransom The Moon Retired With Pastern Injury

Two-time winner of the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar, 6-year-old Ransom the Moon has officially been retired from racing. According to drf.com, the son of Malibu Moon was found to have a pastern injury, which would preclude him from making a scheduled start in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs. “We felt […]

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Roy H Repeats In Santa Anita Sprint Championship

Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen’s Roy H, the Eclipse Award-winning sprinter of 2017, defended his crown in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Saturday at Santa Anita, winning the six-furlong dash by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:09.09 under Paco Lopez. The 6-year-old gelding by More Than Ready paid $4 to win as the […]

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Ransom The Moon To Stand At Calumet Farm In 2019

Multiple Grade 1 winner Ransom The Moon (Malibu Moon – Count to Three by Red Ransom) will stand at Calumet Farm for the 2019 breeding season. “As the only Grade 1-winning sprinting son of Malibu Moon to go to stud, Ransom the Moon offers breeders with a dirt-speed option on an incredible sire line. Since […]

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Early Move Nets Fashion Business An Easy Del Mar Handicap Victory

Flavien Prat sent Little Red Feather and Marsha Naify’s Fashion Business at the half-mile pole in Saturday’s Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap, capitalizing on a slowing pace to win the gelding’s first graded stakes race by open lengths. The 4-year-old son of Frankel covered 1 3/8 miles over Del Mar’s firm turf course in 2:13.84. […]

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Speedy Enola Gray Retired, Will Be Bred In 2019

Nick Alexander’s homebred mare Enola Gray has officially been retired from racing, according to drf.com, and will be bred in 2019. The 5-year-old daughter of Alexander’s stallion Grazen won six stakes races over her career, including the Grade 3 Wilshire at a mile on the turf. “It was one thing after another,” said trainer Phil D’Amato. […]

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Ransom The Moon, Roy H Rivalry Just Getting Started

The 1-2 finish by Ransom the Moon and Roy H on Saturday was a repeat of the 2017 Grade I $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar, although the way it played out was very different. Ransom the Moon was never worse than fourth in a field of nine in 2017 and was cleverly guided by jockey […]

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