gr f Curlin - Uno Duo (Macho Uno)
Obligatory ran once as a juvenile, finishing fourth on debut at Belmont Park. She broke her maiden as a three-year-old in a Maiden Special Weight race at Gulfstream Park in February 2021.
She then went on to run fourth in the Gr.2 Fair Grounds Oaks in March. Her next race, the Gr.2 Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs, she left her run until the final turn, where she was second to last, overhauling the field to win by a length, beating the favourite Dayoutoftheoffice (already a Gr.1 winner) in the final strides.
Trainer Bill Mott commented: "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 [Gr.1] Acorn."