Phil D’Amato

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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The Stronach Group: Satchel Paige’s Fatal Breakdown At Santa Anita To Be Investigated

Satchel Paige, a three-year-old gelding, was humanely euthanized after the fifth race on Saturday, October 19th at Santa Anita Park. After being pulled up at the 3/8th pole, Satchel Paige was immediately evaluated by a team of on-track veterinarians, led by Santa Anita Park veterinarian Dr. Dana Stead, and transported in the equine ambulance. Dr. […]

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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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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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