Phil D’Amato

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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Pee Wee Reese Rolls To Victory In Joe Hernandez At Santa Anita

If there is such a thing as The Big Dodger in the Sky, he was smiling down on Santa Anita on Monday, as Pee Wee Reese went to the front in the $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes under Joe Talamo, winning by 2 3/4 lengths. Owned and bred in California by Nick Alexander and trained by […]

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‘Uncertainty’ About Timetable To Rebuild San Luis Rey Downs

While the horses and stable staff affected by the fire at San Luis Rey Downs are beginning to settle in to a regular routine, there is still some underlying concern about how long they will stay at Del Mar. “The biggest uncertainty is where we’re going to be,” Phil D’Amato assistant Linda Thrash told the […]

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Bowies Hero Up In Time To Win Mathis Brothers Mile

Kroy had what looked to be an insurmountable lead at the three-sixteenths pole, but Agave Racing Stable’s Bowies Hero came with a strong late run under Kent Desormeaux to win Tuesday’s Grade 2 Mathis Brothers Mile by a half-length at the wire. The 3-year-old son of Artie Schiller, earning a fifth lifetime victory at the […]

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Horses Lost In San Luis Rey Tragedy Identified By CHRB

The California Horse Racing Board expresses its deepest sympathy for all victims of the fire at the San Luis Rey training center. Outrider Les Baker and trainers Martine Bellocq and Joe Herrick all were injured while attempting to rescue horses from the fire. Although more than 400 horses were saved, 46 horses tragically perished. To […]

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Hunt Just Able To Hold On For Seabiscuit Victory

Michael House’s Irish-bred Hunt, off at 3-1, was all-out late to hold off the closing rush of He Will by a nose in Sunday’s G2 Seabiscuit Stakes. The 5-year-old son of Dark Angel, ridden to victory by Flavien Prat, stalked the early pacesetters and took over the lead in the stretch to earn his eighth […]

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Barbara Beatrice Earns Black Type In California Distaff Handicap

In a race reduced to six runners with three program scratches, late running Barbara Beatrice uncorked a big turn of foot to register her first-ever stakes win in taking Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap by three quarters of a length under Tiago Pereira. Trained, bred and owned in-part by Phil D’Amato, the 5-year-old California-bred daughter of Grazen […]

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