Obviously retires on top

The iron horse of American turf racing over the past five seasons Obviously is retiring on top following his Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup win last November with an impressive record for his owners Joe Scardino & Tony Fanticola of 29 starts for 13 wins, including 9 Graded and 10 placings and over $2.3m in earnings.  In what was an amazing career Obviously competed in 5 consecutive Breeders Cup races.

Obviously was purchased at the 2011 Tattersalls Horses In-Training Sale after only three starts for 130,000 Gns for Boomer’s late father-in-law Mike Mitchell.  Obviously provided Mitchell with a memorable Gr.1 win in the 2013 Shoemaker Mile and was described by Mike in his final months while he battled brain cancer as the horse that got him out of bed in the morning.  Boomer said, “Mike would constantly say to me, go find another Obviously, he just loved that horse, as we all do”.  On Mike’s passing the reins were handed to Phil D’Amato to continue to shape his career and Phil took this to new heights last year winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at his home track at Santa Anita. “He gave Mike a Gr.1 and gave me my first Gr.1  so he’s a special horse to all of us,” said Phil.

Nominated for the July 4 Gr.2 American Stakes at Santa Anita, a race he’s won twice, Obviously was training solidly for his return but came out of his last work with some bone bruising, according to Phil.  “I had him 90% fit and almost ready to go, but we found some bone bruising coming out of his last work,” Phil said. “At his age, and with what he’s done for us, we got together and felt the best thing to do was to retire him.  “We were looking forward to gearing him up, to see if he’d like five furlongs at Del Mar for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and defend his title. It was a very minor injury, but we decided it’s time.”  “Obviously will live out his days where he is happy,” Phil said, “for all he has done, that’s what he deserves”!

Obviously’s Record


Gr.1     2016   Breeders Cup Turf Sprint

Gr.1     2014   Shoemaker Mile Stakes

Gr.1     2013   Shoemaker Mile Stakes

Gr.2     2013   Del Mar Mile Handicap

Gr.2     2013   American Handicap

Gr.2     2012   Arroyo Seco Mile

Gr.2     2012   Del Mar Mile Handicap

Gr.3     2016   Poker Stakes

Gr.3     2014   American Stakes


Gr.2     2016   Arcadia Stakes

Gr.2     2016   San Gabriel Stakes

Gr.3     2013   San Simeon Stakes

Listed  2012   Robert K. Kerlan Memorial Handicap


Gr.1     2015   Woodbine Mile Stakes

Gr.1     2012   Breeders’ Cup Mile

Gr.2     2016   City of Hope Stakes

Listed 2012    Cool Frenchy Stakes


Gr.2     2013   City of Hope Mile Stakes

Gr.2     2014   Del Mar Mile Handicap


Gr.1     2014   Breeders’ Cup Mile

Gr.1     2013   Breeders’ Cup Mile


Here is a replay of his most amazing Breeders Cup win;