won the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile for the second straight year and Iotapa
scored an upset, 10 ¼ length victory in the $300,000 Vanity Stakes,
giving jockey Joe Talamo a sweep of the Grade 1 races as part of a
four-win day at Santa Anita on Saturday.
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using his front-running style to lead all the way and put away the
field by 1 1/2 lengths as the 8-5 favorite. Talamo came right back in
the next race to win the Vanity for fillies and mares by 10 1/4 lengths
with 9-2 shot Iotapa. He had two more winners on the card.
Talamo's take for the two stakes races totaled $78,000.
won two grade ones on the same day before. It was seven, seven, seven
(July 7, 2007) and I was 17 years old," he said. "It was a great day. I
didn't think it would take me eight more years to do it again."
Ireland-bred Obviously ran the distance on the turf in 1:32.66 and paid $5.40, $3.60 and $3.
"He obviously doesn't like horses in front of him," joked co-owner Anthony Fanticola. "Obviously, likes to be in front."
Front returned $6 and $3.60. The 5-year-old gelding is trained by
Christophe Clement, whose horse Tonalist foiled the Triple Crown bid of
California Chrome last weekend at Belmont Park.
There was a dead-heat for third between Tom's Tribute and Silentio, who finished another half-length back. They each paid $3.
won last year's Shoemaker by 3 1/4 lengths at now-shuttered Betfair
Hollywood Park. The 6-year-old gelding returned from six months off to
win the American Stakes over the same distance at Santa Anita last
time, Obviously ran the opening quarter-mile in a sizzling 22.06
seconds, the half-mile in 44.50 and three-quarters in 1:08.03.
were rolling right along. He was going fast, but he was doing it fairly
easily," Talamo said. "With him, you don't have a choice. His thing is
going to the front. If I would have taken him back, we wouldn't have
won. It's amazing he could still accelerate after running as fast as he
was the first Grade 1 win for trainer Phil D'Amato, who took over from
the recently retired Mike Mitchell. D'Amato is aiming Obviously toward
the Breeders' Cup Mile this fall. He finished fifth in the race last
for him, most horses can't do that, but just not having a horse right
on top of him, I think he can do those fractions and keep going like he
showed," D'Amato said.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Jack Milton finished fifth, followed by Winning Prize and Pulpit's Express.