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Phil D'Amato is putting Wild About Deb in the Belmont — just one big event in his life

Phil D'Amato is putting Wild About Deb in the Belmont — just one big event in his life

Quietly and assuredly, Phil D’Amato has become the most successful trainer at Santa Anita. He’s not flashy, he hasn’t had a Kentucky Derby horse, and people don’t generally recognize him.

On Saturday, he is expected to take a step forward in his career when he saddles Wild About Deb in the Belmont Stakes, the first horse he’s entered in a Triple Crown race.

But that’s just the warmup to his extended weekend. He has to hustle back home because at 11 a.m.  on June 13, he and fiancee Sherri Marr will stand before a judge in Los Angeles County Superior Court to legally become the two most important people in a 7-year-old...

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