Boomer breakthrough in Breeders’ Cup

Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA) agent Craig Rounsefell admits it doesn’t get any better than winning at the Group 1 Breeders’ Cup Championships.

L-R: Craig Rounsefell, Anthony Fanticola, Phil D'Amato & Joe Scardino

L-R: Craig Rounsefell, Anthony Fanticola, Phil D'Amato & Joe Scardino

Rounsefell had come up short on four previous occasions in the BC Mile with Obviously but the iron-horse broke through for a well-deserved victory in the BC Turf Sprint (1200m) at Santa Anita on Saturday.

"You need a horse like Obviously to give you that kick," he said.  "People take a little bit more notice.  It's something to hang your hat on, really."

Obviously is an Irish-bred son of Coolmore Stud shuttler Choisir and he was purchased by Rounsefell, in partnership with Jamie Lloyd, for 130,000 guineas at the 2011 Tattersalls October Sale.

Running in a Breeders’ Cup race for the fifth straight year, Obviously led from the gates and finally got the job done by a nose for trainer Phil D’Amato and part-owners Anthony Fanticola & Joe Scardino .

"We've been fortunate and it's been a lot of fun and very exciting,” Fanticola said.  “We have a heck of a team - Phil trains the horses and Boomer helps find them."

“Craig and his wife McCall really know their horse people.  They are just dynamite folks.”

Fanticola and Scardino have raced Group 2 winners Fanticola (Santa Anita Royal Heroine Stakes) and Potesta (Hollywood Park Oaks) and they currently have a half-dozen horses in work with D’Amato that were sourced by Boomer Bloodstock.

The stable star is obviously Obviously who has now won 13 times in 29 starts for earnings over $2.32 million.

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