2017/11/03 14:25
HALL OF CHAMPIONS

Obviously (IRE)

  • Jockey
    Flavien Prat
  • Trainer
    Philip D'Amato
  • Owner
    Fanticola
  • Breeder
    Miss Deidre Cogan
  • Sire
    Choisir (AUS)
  • Dam
    Leala (IRE)

It was a case of try, try, try, try and try again, as perseverance and patience finally paid off for Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Obviously in his record fifth consecutive start in the season-ending championships. Bred in Ireland, Obviously sped over the six and one-half furlong distance of Santa Anita’s partially downhill grass course in near record time, turning back 13 rivals and holding off a late charge by Om to prevail by a nose. In three previous races over the tricky European-styled layout, the 8-year-old had never been worse than second. In triumph, Obviously, who became the second oldest horse to grace the Breeders’ Cup winner’s circle was quickest away from the gate and led virtually every step of the journey to give both jockey Flavien Pratt and trainer Phil D’Amato their first Breeders’ Cup wins. For D’Amato, Santa Anita’s defending training titlist, the win had extra special meaning. “This is tremendous,” he exclaimed.” A first (Breeders’ Cup) win for me and for my old boss, Mike Mitchell, who had the horse before me.” D’Amato was Mitchell’s long-time assistant and took over the stable after Mitchell’s retirement due to ill health in 2014. Mitchell, a long-time leading conditioner on the Southern California circuit, died last year. Obviously had run all four of his prior Breeders’ Cup races in the Mile Turf, leading early in each, but ultimately faring no better than third in his best finish. The consistent veteran, who had raced sparingly this season, entered the dash with a win in Belmont’s Poker Stakes and a narrow defeat, while third, in Santa Anita’s City of Hope Stakes in his two most recent efforts—both at one mile. Obviously is owned by the partnership of Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, who’ve racing horses together for 17 years. This was their first Breeders’ Cup victory.

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 05, 2016Breeders' Cup Turf SprintSANTA ANITA PARK11
October 08, 2016City of Hope Mile S.SANTA ANITA PARK23
June 18, 2016Poker S.BELMONT PARK31
February 13, 2016Arcadia S.SANTA ANITA PARK22
January 02, 2016San Gabriel S.SANTA ANITA PARK22
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 31, 2015Breeders' Cup MileKEENELAND19
September 13, 2015Ricoh Woodbine Mile S.WOODBINE13
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 01, 2014Breeders' Cup MileSANTA ANITA PARK15
August 24, 2014Del Mar Mile H.DEL MAR24
June 14, 2014Shoemaker Mile S.SANTA ANITA PARK11
May 17, 2014American S.SANTA ANITA PARK31
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 02, 2013Breeders' Cup MileSANTA ANITA PARK15
October 05, 2013City of Hope Mile S.SANTA ANITA PARK24
August 25, 2013Del Mar Mile H.DEL MAR21
June 29, 2013Shoemaker Mile S.BETFAIR HOLLYWOOD PARK11
May 25, 2013American H.BETFAIR HOLLYWOOD PARK21
April 20, 2013San Simeon S.SANTA ANITA PARK32
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 03, 2012Breeders' Cup MileSANTA ANITA PARK13
October 06, 2012Arroyo Seco Mile S.SANTA ANITA PARK21
August 26, 2012Del Mar Mile H.DEL MAR21
August 02, 2012 DEL MAR 1
July 01, 2012Robert K. Kerlan Memorial H.BETFAIR HOLLYWOOD PARK 2
June 03, 2012 BETFAIR HOLLYWOOD PARK 2
May 05, 2012Cool Frenchy S.BETFAIR HOLLYWOOD PARK 3
April 15, 2012 SANTA ANITA PARK 1
March 22, 2012 SANTA ANITA PARK 2
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 14, 2011Bookings at Dundalkstadium.com H.DUNDALK 1
July 31, 2011Jogforjockeys.ieCORK 1
July 08, 2011Bennettsbridge MaidenGOWRAN PARK 6