Nobals Boasts 38-1 Upset in G2 Twin Spires Turf Sprint

May 6, 2023

Nobals and Gerardo Corrales hold on to win the Twin Spires Turf Sprint (Daniella Ricci/Past The Wire)

Churchill Downs Press Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Patricia’s Hope’s Nobals took the lead shortly after the start and repelled all challenges to win the 29th running of the $500,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint presented by Cohere Health (GII) for 3-year-olds and up.

Trained by Larry Rivelli and ridden by Gerardo Corrales, Nobals covered the 5 ½ furlongs on the firm Matt Winn Turf Course in a stakes-record 1:02.45.

Breaking from the inside, Nobals led the field through an opening quarter of :22.03 while under pressure from Noble Reflection. Corrales maintained his spot along the rail entering the stretch and quickly opened a clear advantage with enough cushion to hold off a late bid from Motorious (GB).

The first graded stakes victory for Nobals was worth $291,400 and increased his earnings to $725,074 with a record of 14-7-2-0.

Nobals is 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Noble Mission (GB) out of the Empire Maker mare Pearly Blue.

Nobals returned $78.42, $34.62 and $17.56. Motorious returned $5.76 and $4.46 under Flavien Prat and finished 1 ½ lengths in front of Go Bears Go (IRE), who paid $7.12 to show under John Velazquez.

It was another 1 ¼ lengths back to Noble Reflection, who was followed in order by favored Arrest Me Red, Bad Beat Brian, Big Invasion, Evan Sing, Oceanic, Just Might and Carotari.


Much-deserved love for Nobals after a gritty effort in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint (Daniella Ricci/Past The Wire)

Gerardo Corrales (jockey, Nobals, winner) – “This is a nice horse. He was a runner all the way. Mr. Rivelli (trainer Larry Rivelli) told me that I could do it and he wished me good luck. For me, this is the biggest purse ($500,000) that I’ve ever won. It’s exciting.”

Larry Rivelli (trainer, Nobals, winner) – “We were all coming down, and figured that we would throw him into a race, and see how he’d do. I thought he was going to run good, I wasn’t sure if he was going to win.  His last race (at Keeneland) was a throwout. He was acting up in the gate and got off to a bad start. I schooled him all week, he didn’t act up in the gate all, so I told the kid (Corrales), ‘Let’s go.’ That’s the way the horse likes to run. I knew he was going to show up, but I wasn’t sure if he could beat this quality. I told the jockey, go no matter what. You go out there and make the lead, and he said, ‘Yes, sir’.”

Flavien Prat (jockey, Motorious, second) – “We had a good trip. He broke OK and was traveling well. He made a good kick and for a second I thought I was going to be the winner.”

John Velazquez (jockey, Go Bears Go, third) – “I got a good trip. He broke well and got a good position. I had to wait a little bit at the 3/8th pole with a horse in front of me but when I got through, he ran well to the finish.”

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