Bred: Deidre Cogan (Ire)
Dam: Leala, by Montjeu
A little added ground was all Obviously needed to go from solid stakes performer to potential major player in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile. While the bay gelding routinely hit the board while sprinting and won three of eight starts, it wasn’t until trainer Mike Mitchell stretched him out to a mile that a heightened dimension of talent emerged.
Obviously’s first try at this distance saw him run away to a five-length victory in an allowance race in August, and 24 days later the front-running gelding became a graded stakes winner when he captured the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile Handicap in a course record time of 1:32.10.
After beginning his career in Ireland, Obviously came to the states and joined Mitchell’s barn, making his U.S. debut in March. As a yearling, Irish-bred Obviously brought a modest final bid of $2,578 at the 2009 Goffs February mixed sale but later was purchased for $217,758 at the 2011 Tattersalls October horses in training sale.
Obviously has the pedigree to be a major player with the likes of multiple Grade 1 winner Hawkster included in his family tree.