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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Mitchell Says BC Mile Pacesetter is Obvious-ly

Critics who would chastise Mike Mitchell for strategy that might have cost Obviously victory in the City of Hope Mile Stakes would do well to hold their tongues before expressing their rant.

To that end, the trainer holds a philosophy similar to that of Lincoln when members of his Cabinet admonished Grant for over-imbibing.

“I’m going to find out what he drinks,” Lincoln told Grant’s detractors, “and send it to all my Generals.”

Mitchell isn’t second-guessing himself for Obviously’s fourth-place finish as the 1-2 favorite in the City of Hope. In fact, he’s more resolved than ever that the Irish-bred gelding is best when loose on the lead, and come the Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov. 2, Wise Dan and all, that’s where he intends to be.

Obviously wants to be in front and that’s where he’s going to be from now on. This time, Mitchell means it.

“He’s doing great. He’s all ready to go,” Mitchell said. “We’re just going to try different tactics now. We’re going to send him. I don’t care if they go three-quarters of a mile in (one oh) seven and one. I’m sending the sonofagun, because we’ve had two times now where we kind of sat him off the pace when they were going real fast early, and he doesn’t want that. He just wants you to let him roll. That’s the way he’s always been.”

Despite Wise Dan’s defeat in the Shadwell Mile, moved from turf to Polytrack due to heavy rains, Mitchell hasn’t lost any respect for the 2012 Horse of the Year and defending Mile champion.

“That’s a good horse and a good trainer,” Mitchell said of Wise Dan’s conditioner, Charles LoPresti. “He’s a good horseman.”

 

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