=== Future Obviously bright ===
 Inglewood,  CA  (Sports Network)  -  The  2012  racing season  for  4-year-old
 Obviously  is complete,  but plans are set  for a return in 2013. The gelding,
 trained by  Mike Mitchell,  closed the year with  a third-place finish  behind
 Wise Dan in the Breeders' Cup Mile.
 Owned  by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, Obviously set the pace in the
 $2  million Mile until  the stretch with Joe Talamo in the saddle. The gelding
 held  on to complete  the trifecta, just two-lengths in back of Wise Dan and a
 half-length behind runner-up Animal Kingdom.
 "He lost his right front shoe somewhere in that race," noted assistant trainer
 Phil  D'Amato, "and in  a race like that, who knows if it cost him anything or
 not.  You  need four shoes on  the turf in a  turn-of-foot kind of race, so we
 even thought more of him after the race.
 "On top of that, the horse that beat him is the Horse of the Year in my eyes."
 A  veteran  of 12 career starts,  Obviously made a successful move into stakes
 company  this  year with  victories in the  Del Mar Mile  and Arroyo Seco Mile
 Those two wins convinced the betting public to send the gelding off as the 6-1
 fourth pick in the Mile.
 "We're  going to give  him a little r and r, then bring him back next year and
 try to do the same thing -- shoot for the Breeders' Cup Mile," said D'Amato.
 His  successful  2012 resulted in earnings  of $538,048 with four wins in nine
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