2023 Eddie Read Stakes: Gold Phoenix heads D’Amato superfecta

Winning a race is tough enough and training the first four to cross the line is off the charts – but that is what Phil D’Amato did in the G2 2023 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar on Sunday, when Gold Phoenix led home the barn quartet.

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Eddie Read Stakes

G2, $250,000, 1m 1f turf, 3yo+

Phoenix heads D’Amato superfecta

Phil D’Amato saddled four horses in the 2023 Eddie Read Stakes, the feature at Del Mar on Sunday, and they came home 1-2-3-4, with Gold Phoenix leading the way ahead of Balnikhov, Masteroffoxhounds and the favored Count Again.

It was a remarkable feat by the trainer, winning his fourth Eddie Read, and at no point was he off the lead. Masteroffoxhounds broke well and set the fractions, and when push came to shove in mid-stretch the 9-2 second-choice Gold Phoenix moved to the front, asserting in the closing stages to turn back the rallying Balnikhov by three-quarters of a length.

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Masteroffoxhounds stuck around gamely for third, a half-length further back, while Count Again, who closed from last, left his late run too late.

“They all ran well and I’m proud of them,” said D’Amato. “It’s a great feeling – this is what I got into the game for.”

Gold Phoenix, who struggled with consistency after winning the 2023 G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile, may now bid for back-to-back victories in the G2 Del Mar Handicap over a mile and three-eighths on September 2, which has win-and-in status for the Breeders’ Cup.

2023 Eddie Read Stakes Race Payouts

1. Gold Phoenix11.005.003.40
2. Balnikhov 7.805.60
3. Masteroffoxhounds  6.00

Winning time: 1m 48.62s

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