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Hollywood Park: Obviously scores first Grade 1 win in Shoemaker Mile
By Jay Privman
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – A year ago on June 29, trainer Mike Mitchell was undergoing surgery for a brain tumor. Winning a Grade 1 race on the one-year anniversary of that date was a lot better, obviously.
Obviously, utilizing his usual front-running style, and his penchant to keep on going, scored the first Grade 1 win of his career on Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park in the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile, an emotional victory for everyone connected to Mitchell.
“A year ago was his surgery,” said his wife, Denise. “It’s kind of a big deal.”
It was a family affair for the Mitchells. In addition to Mike and Denise, their daughters Shea and McCall were in the winner’s circle, and Obviously was purchased nearly two years ago in Great Britain on the advice of McCall’s husband, bloodstock agent Craig Rounsefell.
Obviously ($2.60) was heavily favored in the five-horse field. Breaking from the outside post under Joe Talamo, he took the lead about 150 yards into the race, quickly opened a daylight advantage on his rivals, got a bit of a breather heading into the far turn while still leading, then flew home the final quarter-mile in less than 23 seconds to cover one mile on firm turf in 1:32.86, which is just 0.27 seconds off the course record.
“If he had to go faster, he’d go faster,” Mitchell said.
He didn’t, though. Obviously cruised home 3 1/4 lengths best, with Za Approval second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of third-place Wilkinson, followed by Jeranimo and Lucayan, in that order.
There was so much money bet to show on Obviously that he created a minus pool of $76,051.
Obviously finished third in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile behind Wise Dan and Animal Kingdom, and Mitchell said a return to that race is the long-term goal this year. The victory in the Shoemaker gave Obviously a fees-paid berth into the BC Mile through the Win and You’re In program.
Obviously, 5, has now won eight times in 15 starts. He is owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joe Scardino.
It is impressive that he could make the lead so easily from the outside and cruise along at that speed, but far more impressive in quickening stride and coming home fastest.
In Obviously's last 7 races, the final time of the race has been within 2-5ths of the track record or faster. 7 straight races! Obviously has gotten extemely consistent, and consistently fast
today was the third time in the last week a drf writer has made condescending comments about bridge jumpers in the live updates section;just wondering what is the reason for this? full disclosure:i have made this type of bet twice.i certainly respect anyone who leaves any racetrack with money made!
I doubt Wise Dan could have beat him today. This horse is super sharp right now. I hope they both hold their form till the BC or meet before then.
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