06/02/2016 12:50PM

Two-time Shoemaker Mile winner Obviously sits this one out

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Barbara D. Livingston
Obviously is under consideration for turf stakes this month at Belmont Park and Churchill Downs.

ARCADIA, Calif. – There are several absences among local horses for Saturday’s $400,000 Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita, notably Obviously, the gelding who won the race in 2013 and 2014.

Trainer Phil D’Amato said on Thursday that he considered starting Obviously in the Grade 1 Shoemaker, but the aging runner is more likely for graded stakes at Belmont Park or Churchill Downs this month.

“He’s an 8-year-old gelding and has won his Grade 1,” D’Amato said. “We’re looking for the best opportunity to make money.”

Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joe Scardino, Obviously has won 11 of 26 starts and earned $1,567,751. He has won seven stakes since the summer of 2012.

Obviously tends to race near the front, a strategy that may not have worked in his favor in Saturday’s Shoemaker. D’Amato has the two-time stakes winner Midnight Storm for the race, a horse who races near the lead. Heart to Heart, a two-time stakes winner at Gulfstream Park this year, is a confirmed front-runner.

Obviously could run in one of two $300,000 turf races at Belmont Park soon – the Grade 3 Jaipur Invitational at six furlongs on June 11 or the Grade 3 Poker Stakes at a mile on June 18. Another consideration is the $200,000 Wise Dan Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Churchill Downs on June 18.

Earlier this year, Obviously finished second to Bolo in the Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes. Bolo will not start in the Shoemaker Mile because of a throat infection, trainer Carla Gaines said this week. What a View, who won the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile on March 12, is not in the field because of tender feet.

Om, a winner of three stakes last year for 3-year-olds on turf, was turned out after a sixth in the Kilroe Mile and recently resumed training with Dan Hendricks.

D’Amato, the leading trainer at the Santa Anita spring-summer meeting through Monday, has two runners in the Shoemaker – Midnight Storm and Cape Wolfe.

The Shoemaker will be the first start in a Grade 1 for Cape Wolfe, an Irish import who has won 3 of 16 starts. Cape Wolfe is winless in four starts in the United States, including a fourth in the Arcadia Stakes, his only start a mile in that span.

Cape Wolfe was second in the Grade 3 San Simeon Stakes at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course April 2 and fourth as the 5-2 favorite in an optional claimer on the same course May 12. D’Amato said Cape Wolfe is ready for another start at a mile.

“I’ve always wanted to run him long,” D’Amato said. “He strikes me that he may like a mile more than 6 1/2. He’ll save ground and pounce.”

Vince Piscitelli More than 1 year ago
Frank's a good guy - great Jail Alia capper too, but he often does read things the wrong way.

Vince P
Frank More than 1 year ago
What did I read wrong Vince?   D’Amato said and meant exactly that.

Dont be like the mainstream media and spin things to mean what you want them to mean -- Like my boy BearsyZoo did.

Most all people in this sport are greedy pond ___.  And people that defend them are the same.
BearsyZoo More than 1 year ago
You read that wrong. Why run him where he may not win? He's a hard-trying horse who gives it his all - he knows the difference between a win or lose. They want to run him where he has a shot to win - boosts the horse's confidence and win some money. 
Frank More than 1 year ago
what???? you should be on CNN and spin the news like they do.

If they want to boost the horse's confidence they would keep him comfortable and happy in CA -- Since coming to the states he has NEVER won a race outside of CA.

You make no sense at all spinning it the way you did....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Frank so true, that sounded horrible to me to!
Frank More than 1 year ago
D’Amato said. “We’re looking for the best opportunity to make money.”

Greed at its best -- It should be we are looking out whats best for the horse -- especially an 8yr like him who is so special.

I love the horses -- hate the people in this sport.  
lord_at_war More than 1 year ago
Frank-  Give the owner $150K-  maybe he'll run in the Grade 1 for you
Frank More than 1 year ago
I'd rather give the owner something else that I cant say on here or DRF will delete my post.  

Most all owners in this sport are greedy human beings that treat these animals like ATM machines.  I've been around it for over 40+ yrs