It was an exciting Breeders’ Cup weekend at Santa Anita for Boomer Bloodstock with Obviously [IRE] winning the $1 million Gr. 1 Turf Sprint! Obviously, an eight year old gelding by Australian sire Choisir [AUS], made his fifth Breeders’ Cup start Saturday. After changing lanes from the Mile to the Sprint, he was able to bring home the win with jockey Flavien Prat aboard.
Formerly trained by Boomer’s late father-in-law Mike Mitchell, Obviously is near and dear to his whole team, and it was an emotional win for everyone. Not only was this a first Breeders’ Cup victory for Obviously, it was a first for Boomer, trainer Phil D’Amato, jockey Flavien Prat as well as for owners Joe Scardino and Tony Fanticola. “We both finally won our Breeders’ Cup, and it’s special,” D’Amato said of himself and Mitchell. A £130,000 purchase from the 2011 Tattersall’s Horses in Training Sale, this is Obviously’s ninth graded stake victory and 13th win from 29 starts. His total earnings are now over US$2.3 million, and with earnings of US$834,000 in this year alone, he is ranked #35 of 50,805 horses in North American earnings for 2016.
Of the decision to try to Sprint instead of the Mile this year, trainer D’Amato said: “He had run in the past down the hill with some success, and we just thought, if we put him on the lead here, you know, he had enough bottom in him that if they beat him, they beat him on the square. It wasn’t that he was going to get tired, and it worked out.”
“At 8 years old, he’s a marvel,” co-owner Joseph Scardino said.
“Well, it’s one for the old guys,” co-owner Tony Fanticola added. “I can tell you he doesn’t know he’s 8.”
Finishing the Sprint in 1:11.33, Obviously held off late charger Om who crossed the wire ahead of Pure Sensation for 3rd and Calgary Cat for fourth.