Phil D’Amato

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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Fault Takes On Vale Dori In Sunday’s Adoration

Perfect in two Southern California graded stakes appearances, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Fault will take on Bob Baffert’s classy Vale Dori, John Martin’s hard knocking Mended and four other fillies and mares three and up going a mile and one sixteenth in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at Santa Anita. With Geovanni Franco up, Fault burst upon […]

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Fault, Madam Dancealot, Sassy Little Lila Head Sunday’s Santa Ana Stakes

Three very talented distaffers, Fault, Madam Dancelot and Sassy Little Lila head a competitive field of nine older fillies and mares in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes at a mile and one eighth over the Santa Anita turf. Separated by just two lengths in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes at a flat mile on […]

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Bowies Hero Determined In Kilroe Mile Victory; World Approval Fifth

Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing and Madaket Racing’s Bowies Hero made a determined bid in the stretch to win Saturday’s Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile at odds of 8-1, besting Next Shares by a neck on the wire. The 4-year-old son of Artie Schiller, ridden by Corey Nakatani for trainer Phil D’Amato, covered one […]

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Franco Pick Three: Newcomer Rides Three Winners In A Row Saturday At Santa Anita

With three straight victories Saturday, including a rail-skimming, one-length triumph on 12-1 shot Fault for trainer Phil D’Amato in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes, jockey Geovanni Franco has climbed to eighth with 14 wins in Santa Anita’s Winter Meet standings after 31 days. “I’ve won three in a row before,” the 27-year-old native of Mexico […]

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Longshot Fault Scores For New Connections In Buena Vista

Under patient handling from an upstart Geovanni Franco, longshot Fault charged home to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes by one length. Trained for the first time by Phil D’Amato, Fault, who was previously based in the Midwest, got a mile on turf in 1:33.49 and won going away. Sixth in a field […]

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