JOE TALAMO, OBVIOUSLY, WINNER: “I knew we were rollin’, but I was surprised with how fast we went. He fooled me. I thought we went the three quarters in like 1:09 . . . He’s ageless, he’s truly amazing. I knew Gary (Stevens, aboard Silentio) was going after me, but you can’t take a hold of this horse. You just gotta throw his head away and let him roll.

“Believe it or not, he took about four or five breathers today. When Gary’s horse fell away from us (leaving the quarter pole), he relaxed again and finished up great.”


PHIL D’AMATO, OBVIOUSLY, WINNER: “The fractions were pretty fast but I thought he was going comfortably even though Gary was pushing and shoving on Silentio. I knew by the quarter pole we had a good shot.

“We didn’t get a gimme today. Gary made us earn it. This is very special. Words can’t describe this. I’m happy to have my mentor (Mike Mitchell) next to me and win a graded stakes with this horse. He’s just the barn favorite.

“The plans are to run him in the (Grade I, $400,000) Shoemaker Mile (on turf June 14). We’ll point to the Shoemaker, and maybe the Breeders’ Cup (Mile on Nov. 1).”

NOTES: This is D’Amato’s first graded stakes win. It was Talamo’s seventh win on Obviously from 13 rides. The winning owners are Anthony Fanticola of Newport Coast and Joe Scardino of Glendora.