Da Hoss Stakes Winner, Nobals Rallies Up Rail to Land Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Colonial Down’s alumni Nobals was back in style over the weekend at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Winning the Breeder’s Cup Turf Sprint in his first start back after taking the $150,000 Black type Da Hoss stakes over the summer in New Kent, VA.

Originally Posted on Paulickreport.com on 11/4,

Patricia’s Hope LLC’s Nobals parlayed a ground-saving trip into a diminishing neck victory over Big Invasion in the 16th running of the $1-million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) on Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita.

Trained by Larry Rivelli and ridden by Gerardo Corrales, Nobals covered the five furlongs over a firm turf course in :55.15. It is the first Breeders’ Cup victory for Rivelli and Corrales.

Nobals in his win of the 2023 Da Hoss Stakes (Photo by Coady Photography)

European raider Live In The Dream (IRE) shot to the front and opened a daylight advantage through an opening quarter-mile in :21.15 while Corrales had Nobals racing on the inside.

Live In The Dream took his advantage into the stretch, where he shook off a challenge from defending champion Caravel and Arzak but left room to his inside where Nobals slipped through at mid-stretch to take command.

Nobals opened enough of a cushion to hold off Big Invasion, who had followed him along the inside into the stretch and a fast-closing Aesop’s Fables (IRE), who was another half-length back in third with Live In The Dream and Motorious completing the top five. Caravel finished 10th.

Nobals is a 4-year-old Noble Mission (GB) gelding. Bred in Kentucky by Dr. John A. Chandler, he is out of the Empire Maker mare Pearly Blue.

Nobals in his win of the 2023 Breeders Cup Turf Sprint (Photo by Horsephotos)

The victory was worth $520,000 and increased Nobals’ lifetime earnings to $1,453,274 with a record of 18-10-3-0.

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Quotes:

Winning trainer Larry Rivelli, Nobals – “Absolutely not (how I drew it up). Stuff happens in these types of races and I think the jock made the difference today. He rode the horse perfect and stayed inside and the gap came and he was gone. This is it. I’m a third-generation trainer and we’ve been doing this forever. I’m happy for the connections — Vince Foglia, my buddy — and all my owners and friends and staff and family… it’s nice.”

Winning jockey Geraldo Corrales, Nobals – “We had a real nice trip. I had a lot of horse and when the rail opened up, my horse was ready to go. He was the best horse today.”