Obviously got the breaks and trip with some style to win the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita.
Fourteen horses lined up for this six furlong, 110 yard contest.
At the break Celestine broke well along with Mongolian Sqturday, but Obviously soon got the lead.
Settling down, Obviously led out of the shoot and held a 1 ½ length advantage racing downhill from Pure Sensation and Mongolian Saturday, with Ambitious Brew close and Holy Lute and Home Of The Brave not far behind.
Obviously continued to lead into the straight, chased by Pure Sensation and he opened up a significant break.
It got tight in the finish as Om ate into the lead, but Obviously, dropping down in trip, just held on under Flavien Prat, to win at the fifth attempt at the Breeders’ Cup, at the age of 8.
Om was agonisingly touched off here, with Pure Sensation third and Calgary Cat fourth. The European challenge of Home Of The Brave, Karar and Washington DC failed to get in a blow.
Winning trainer Philip D’Amato said of his eight-year-old gelding: “He gave him a great ride – picture perfect – and this is extra special. He’s a horse I shared with my late mentor Mike Mitchell and this is like a win for both of us.
“He’s a barn favourite and if ever a horse deserved it, it’s him. He’s just a warrior.
“It’s my first Breeders’ Cup win and it makes it all the more special.”
O’Brien said of Washington DC: “Ryan (Moore) says he is a five-furlong horse, and that he didn’t get the six and a half round here, so we will go back to the minimum trip with him next season.”
Palmer said of his Godolphin-owned colt Home Of The Brave: “I thought James gave him a beautiful ride, and there was just a moment when he angled out when I thought he was going to do something.
“But I think now we will look for a change in distance and run him over a mile next year.”