Phil D’Amato

Updated: Geroux Suffers Fractured Sternum In Training Incident At Keeneland

Jockey Florent Geroux was unseated Sunday morning during training hours at Keeneland, according to TVG. He was hospitalized and underwent x-rays, but was able to move his arms and legs. Caton Bredar later reported on Twitter that the jockey had been diagnosed with a broken sternum. The incident occurred later in the morning when Geroux was […]

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Just Grazed Me Draws Away Late In California Distaff Handicap

Patiently handled by Geovanni Franco, Nick Alexander’s homebred Just Grazed Me drew off to an impressive 1 ¾ length win in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap at Santa Anita. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old gray filly by Grazen got 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:01.82. Breaking from the far outside in a field […]

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Alexander Has ‘One-Two Grazen Punch’ In California Distaff Handicap

Longtime California owner/breeder Nick Alexander will be represented by another daughter of Grazen in addition to favored S Y Sky in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap at 5 ½ furlongs on Santa Anita’s turf. That would be Just Grazed Me, gray like the five-year-old S Y Sky, and like her stablemate, never out of the […]

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Bowies Hero, Prat Team Up To Win Shadwell Turf Mile On Record-Setting Day At Keeneland

Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing and Madaket Stables’ Bowies Hero emerged from a crowded pack in the stretch to win the 34th running of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) for 3-year-olds and up by three-quarters of a length before a chamber of commerce Saturday afternoon crowd of 26,567. Keeneland smashed its Fall Meet […]

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‘Very Smart, Very Strong’ Cedillo Celebrates First Grade 1 Win By Going Back To Work

It was business as usual for Abel Cedillo Sunday morning after winning his first Grade I stakes at Santa Anita yesterday aboard longshot Mongolian Groom for trainer Enebish Ganbat in the Awesome Again Stakes. For good measure, the 30-year-old native of Guatemala won his first graded stakes three races earlier by capturing the Grade II […]

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Frontrunning Mirth Gets The Last Laugh In Rodeo Drive

Little Red Feather Racing’s Mirth grabbed the lead at the start and held it all the way through the wire on Saturday, earning her first Grade 1 victory in Santa Anita’s Rodeo Drive Stakes at odds of 6-1. The 4-year-old daughter of Colonel John, who broke her maiden for a $16,000 tag at Delaware Park […]

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Cleopatra’s Strike Surprises At 9-1 In John Henry Turf Championship

Slam Dunk Racing and Michael Nentwig’s Cleopatra’s Strike got the first graded stakes triumph of his career on Saturday, striding home a determined 3/4-length winner of the G2 John Henry Turf Championship. Sent off at odds of 9-1, the gelded 6-year-old son of Smart Strike ran down frontrunner and 5-2 second choice and stablemate Acclimate […]

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Pee Wee Reese Goes Up The Rail For Eddie D Victory

Nick Alexander’s homebred Pee Wee Reese earned his second graded stakes victory in Friday’s Grade 2 Eddie D, making a move up the rail and streaking away down the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length as the 5-2 second choice. The 6-year-old son of Tribal Rule, ridden by Flavien Prat for trainer Phil […]

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Prince Earl Surprises In Del Mar Mile

Unraced since last December, Prince Earl made an auspicious return to competition Sunday with a sparkling come-from-behind victory in the featured Grade II $200,000 Del Mar Mile. Patiently handled in striking position by jockey Geovanni Franco, Prince Earl was able to slice through between horses in deep stretch to take command and then withstood the […]

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Acclimate Steals Away On The Front End In Del Mar Handicap

The Ellwood Johnston Trust and Timmy Time Racing’s Acclimate grabbed the lead at the start of Saturday’s Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap and was able to hold it all the way to the wire, out-lasting the late-running Oscar Dominguez by a length on the wire. The 5-year-old California-bred son of Acclamation, ridden by Florent Geroux […]

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