Philip D’Amato won his first race as a trainer in his own right when
first-time starter Love That Action rallied from well off the pace to
win Thursday’s eighth race by a neck under Joe Talamo at odds of 18-1.
It was the third win on the day for Talamo.
The 34-year-old D’Amato’s primary claim to fame to date is as
assistant to trainer Mike Mitchell. “I’ve been with him going on seven
years,” D’Amato said by phone from Hollywood Park. “This was my fourth
starter on my own and my first win.”
A native of San Pedro, D’Amato graduated from Rancho Palos
Verdes High School before matriculating to USC. After graduating, he
attended the Arizona Race Track School program.
Despite the fact that double-digit longshots swept the last four
races in Thursday’s Pick 6 races, there was one winning ticket worth
“I wish it was mine,” D’Amato said, “but it wasn’t.”