Obviously is one of the top milers in American horse racing, and the 5-year-old gelding showed off his talent on Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park, winning the $150,000 American Handicap at a mile on the turf course.
Under jockey Joe Talamo, Obviously finished 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Lucayan in a field of six. Trainer Mike Mitchell earned his 898th career victory at the soon-to-be-closed Hollywood Park.
The winning time was 1:32.95, not far off from the course record of 1:32.59 set in 2009 by Monterey Jazz.
Obviously finished third in last year's
"He just did it so easy," Talamo said of the victory. "Besides California Flag sprinting, I've never ridden a horse like this going long. He just lopes along like that. He's a jockey's dream. You just sit on him and he does the rest. He's just a tremendous horse."
Talamo has won the last four stakes races at Hollywood Park over the last two weekends.