Breeders' Cup - At The Races

Obviously hangs on for Turf Sprint success

Obviously made most to claim the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint in a thrilling finish from Om at Santa Anita.

Flavien Prat's mount desperately needed the line and it came just in time as Gary Stevens ate up the ground on the runner-up, in a race run in a blistering time.

Hugo Palmer's Home Of The Brave showed up well through the early stages for James Doyle but after a brief moment of hope, the writing was on the wall approaching the business end, while Aidan O'Brien's Washington DC was not disgraced but never able to get in a serious 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: "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."

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