Phil D’Amato

California Trainers Mining For Gold In Arkansas

Several Southern California-based trainers are happy they set up divisions at Oaklawn in 2020 and Sunday’s ninth race at the Hot Springs, Ark., track is a good example of the influence these California trainers are having on the program. Two entrants, Ginobili and Rager, have traveled roughly 1,600 miles for an entry-level sprint that will […]

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D’Amato’s Tiny Tina Seeking Redemption In Grade 3 Astra

Fresh off a heartbreaking nose defeat over the course, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Tiny Tina heads a field of seven older fillies and mares going the marathon distance of a mile and one half on turf in Sunday’s Grade 3 Astra Stakes at Santa Anita. The Richard Baltas-trained Lostintranzlation, who set the early pace in the […]

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Gift Box Faces Off With Up-And-Coming Midcourt In San Antonio

Hronis Racing’s Gift Box, idle since June 15, and C R K Stable’s recent Grade III winner Midcourt, head a field of seven 3-year-olds and up in Thursday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita. A winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap three starts back on April 6, this 6-year-old full […]

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Cedillo, Prat Tie For Santa Anita Riding Title; O’Neill Tops Trainer Standings

Jockeys Flavien Prat and Abel Cedillo ended the recent Santa Anita Park meet with the same number of victories, resulting in a tie for the meet’s riding title. New to the circuit from Northern California, Cedillo earned his first Southern California title with 21 wins from 121 starts. Prat, a leading rider in the region […]

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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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