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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Camp Victory is just what the doctor ordered for Mike Mitchell

If the result of today’s Grade 1 Triple Bend did not provide you with some good vibrations, you best double check yourself for a pulse. Showing an even stronger rally than the one that carried him to a second place finish in last year’s Triple Bend, Camp Victory sailed by heavily favored The Factor down the Hollywood Park stretch to win the $250,000 co-feature by 3 1/4 impressive lengths at odds of 10-1. But the real story, wasn’t so much the actual race, but rather, what the victory meant to the winning trainer, Mike Mitchell, and all of his many supporters.

The 64-year-old, Mitchell, a successful mainstay on the Southern California circuit for many years, underwent brain surgery yesterday at the University of Southern California Medical Center to remove a tumor that had been diagnosed only days before. Mitchell is reported to have gone through this surgery well. 

His daughter, Shea, who is engaged to Eclipse Award winning jockey, Julien Leparoux, has kept the industry up to date with her father’s progress the past few days with the following messages on Twitter:
 
“Thankful for so much love & prayers. Dad is out of surgery & doing very well.”

“Dad is in good spirits. The Mitchell family is reunited & will cheer on Camp Victory from the hospital. He's my hero.”

“The first grade 1 when my whole family has been together. Screaming and crying from the hospital room. Best win of our life. #mikemitchell”

The win under rider, Joe Talamo, was the 8th in 23 career starts for Camp Victory, whose biggest victory before today came when he was placed first over the disqualified Amazombie in last year’s Los Angeles Handicap, also at Betfair Hollywood Park. The final winning time for the five-year-old gelding was 1:22.75 for the seven panels.

On paper it was a big win for a very good sprinter today at Hollywood Park, but in real life, it was so much more. Get well soon, Mike!
 

 

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A very welcome victory for all involved
Absolutely wonderful. I'm very excited for the connections and for Camp Victory. I wish Mike a safe and speedy recovery. After all, he has a Breeder's Cup race to prepare for.
What a great victory for the Mitchell family, and kudos to all the connections--including all the Mitchell backstretch team for having the horse ready. See you at the BC?
From Joe Talamo on Twitter: "So happy to win for Mike Mitchell today. This will definitely be one of my most memorable Gr. I wins. Congratulations to all the connections."
Racing is a great game where there is one great story after another!
You can't make stuff like this up, today's race was meant to be! My continued prayers go out to the Mitchell family.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
  
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A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.