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2012 Pacific Classic Day

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Obviously wins the 2012 Del Mar Mile Handicap
Obviously wins the 2012 Del Mar Mile Handicap at Del Mar

Obviously wins the 2012 Del Mar Mile Handicap at Del Mar

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The $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap (G2) features older horses going 1 mile on the turf. Obviously was sent off as the 11-10 favorite in the field of 6 off an allowance win on August 2. In to challenge him included 5-2 second choice Jeranimo, winner of the Shoemaker Mile (G2) last out, and 7-2 third choice Mr. Commons, fourth in the Shoemaker after finishing second in the American Handicap (G2).

Jockey Joe Talamo sent Obviously to the lead immediately and he set fast fractions of 22.64, 45.45, and 1:08.35 over the firm course while as many as 5 lengths clear of the rest of the field. Entering the stretch, Mr. Commons, who was last early, was closing quickly, and was 3 1/2 lengths behind at the 1/8 pole. The pair hit the line together with Obviously holding off Mr. Commons by a nose in a new course record time of 1:32.10. It was a long 4 3/4 lengths back to Jeramino third.

Results Chart from Daily Racing Form

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