Phil D’Amato

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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Ransom The Moon Repeats In Bing Crosby; Breeders’ Cup Sprint Winner Roy H Second Again

Agave Racing Stable and Wilke’s Ransom the Moon rallied on the far outside in the stretch to win the Grade I $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes for the second straight year, again defeating Roy H, 2017’s Eclipse Award-winning champion sprinter, in the six-furlong dash at Del Mar. Providing jockey Flavien Prat with his third triumph of […]

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Hunt Seeks Repeat In Sunday’s Eddie Read Stakes

Irish-bred Hunt, acclaimed champion grass horse of the 2017 Del Mar summer meeting after triumphs in the Eddie Read Stakes and Del Mar Handicap, returns to the seaside track to seek a second success in the Read Sunday when he heads an outstanding field of eleven turf specialists in the $250,000 Grade II contest. Hunt, who will […]

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D’Amato: Shift To Stakes Horses Makes Another Del Mar Training Title Unlikely

Phil D’Amato shared the 2017 Del Mar training championship with Richard Baltas when they saddled 18 winners apiece. D’Amato claimed it outright in 2016 with 23 wins. But on opening day of the 2018 Del Mar summer season, D’Amato allowed that his name wouldn’t be atop the leaderboard when the 79th such meeting comes to […]

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Storm The Hill Makes The Grade In Wilshire

With a brisk early pace laying the foundation, Storm the Hill, in her first start for Phil D’Amato rallied from mid-pack to take Santa Anita’s closing day feature on Sunday, the Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes, by 1 ½ lengths.  Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Get Stormy got a mile on turf […]

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Fault Suffers Hind Leg Injury During Gallop, Could Be Retired

Grade 1 Santa Margarita winner Fault suffered what could be a career-ending injury during a routine gallop on Sunday morning at Santa Anita, reports drf.com. The 2014 daughter of Blame was found to have a non-displaced condylar fracture in her rear left leg, and surgery has been scheduled for Monday to insert stabilizing screws. Fault is […]

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Hunt Heads Heart To Heart At The Wire In Shoemaker Mile

Michael House’s Hunt earned the first top-level victory of his career on Monday in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita Park. The 6-year-old son of Dark Angel, sent off at 9-1 odds in his seasonal debut, came flying down the center of the course to just get his neck in front of the […]

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Unique Bella Preparing For Beholder Showdown With Paradise Woods

Working towards perhaps the most anticipated race of the Spring Meet, champion Unique Bella breezed six furlongs from the gate at 6:30 Sunday morning in 1:11 flat for the Grade I Beholder Mile on June 2 at Santa Anita. Exercise rider Freddie Rodriguez was on the four-year-old gray daughter of Tapit for Jerry Hollendorfer, who called it “a good work.” […]

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Fault Circles The Field For Adoration Victory

With three furlongs to run in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes, heavily favored Fault’s prospects were anything but bright, as she was last in a field of seven with slow fractions to overcome.  That mattered not however, as she rallied four-wide turning for home and reeled in longshot Shenandoah Queen in the shadow of the wire […]

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