Obligatory Overhauls Dayoutoftheoffice To Win Eight Belles

Apr 30, 2021 Churchill Downs Communications

LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2021) Juddmonte’s homebred Obligatory rallied from last in the field of 12 to overhaul favored Dayoutoftheoffice in deep stretch by a length to win the 66th running of the $300,000 Eight Belles presented by Smithfield (GII) for 3-year-old fillies.

Trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Jose Ortiz, Obligatory covered the seven furlongs on a fast main track in 1:21.89. It is the third victory in the race for Mott who won in 2016 with Carina Mia and in 1993 with Traverse City.

Euphoric led the field through fractions of :21.89 and :44.46 with Dayoutoftheoffice tracking in third and Obligatory at the back of the pack. On the far turn, Dayoutoftheoffice made a three-wide and grabbed the lead at the head of the lane and quickly opened a daylight advantage.

Meanwhile, Ortiz had angled Obligatory widest of all for clear running room that paid off in deep stretch.

The victory was worth $172,980 and increased Obligatory’s earnings to $217,780 with a record of 4-2-0-0. Obligatory is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Curlin out of the Macho Uno mare Uno Duo.

Obligatory returned payoffs of $35, $12.40 and $9.80. Dayoutoftheoffice returned $4.80 and $4 with Gerardo Corrales aboard with Make Mischief finishing third under Tyler Gaffalione and returning $11.60.

Souper Sensational finished fourth and was followed in order by Abrogate, Li’l Tootsie, Caramel Swirl, Slumber Party, Cantata, Euphoric, Windmill and Kalypso.


Jose Ortiz (Jockey, Obligatory, winner) – “It was just like I planned it. I told (Juddmonte general manager) Garrett (O’Rourke) and (Trainer) Bill (Mott) that there was going to be a lot of speed on the rail on paper. I was going to sit on her and give her one good move. The first part was nice and easy. The second part she came running. According to the numbers and I don’t know numbers, but they said she could win the race and they were right. She’s a filly that is improving a lot.”

Bill Mott (Trainer, Obligatory, winner) – “I think she was a little confused when she ran two turns in New Orleans (Fair Grounds Oaks). She ran a very big effort at Gulfstream, had a little trouble, had to check coming around, you could see visually it was a very good effort. We thought she was good enough to go to the Fair Grounds Oaks, I think she’s good enough, but she’s green and the two turns confused the heck out of her. Maybe we could find out down the road that she’s a better one-turn horse. I think five weeks away, they run the Acorn. I have no reason to believe she can’t get a mile. And sometimes the two-turn deal could be a greenness thing. The pace today turned out good. We both knew there was a tremendous amount of speed in the race. She was able to close into it. She had a good kick. You just hope it didn’t take too much out of her, she got the win and I think she earned a ticket into a good race like the Acorn.”

Gerardo Corrales (Jockey, Dayoutoftheoffice, runner-up) – “She ran her heart out. I thought my filly was in a good position turning for home but could not hold off the winner.”

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