Amy C Takes Detour From California for Giant’s Causeway

April 13, 2023

Amy C takes the Las Cienegas and stays undefeated over the hillside turf (Ernie Belmonte/Past The Wire)

Keeneland Press Release

LEXINGTON, Ky.— Trainer Phil D’Amato had Amy C (GB) all ready to run last Saturday at Santa Anita in the Monrovia (L) but … 

“It got rained off the grass,” D’Amato said. “We had been pointing for that race.” 

So D’Amato put Amy C on a plane Wednesday morning and shipped her to Keeneland for Saturday’s 26th running of the $250,000 Giant’s Causeway (L) for fillies and mares going 5½ furlongs on the grass. The Giant’s Causeway drew a field of 12 plus three also-eligibles. 

Owned by Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Robert LaPenta, Amy C will be making her first start since winning the Las Cienegas (G3) at Santa Anita on Jan. 2. Amy C is undefeated going 6½ furlongs down the hillside course at Santa Anita. 

“She runs well fresh and she has been training well,” said D’Amato, who won Wednesday’s fourth race with Sharon and Rick Waller’s Heartbreaker. “I am sure it will be a full field of tough sprinters.” 

D’Amato could have another stakes starter here next week as H and E Ranch’s Desert Dawn is nominated to the 28th running of the $300,000 Baird Doubledogdare (G3) for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the main track April 21. 

“We also are looking at a couple of stakes the end of the month at Santa Anita and a couple Derby Week at Churchill Downs,” D’Amato said of Desert Dawn, who finished third in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) last spring. 

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