Mike Mitchell, Del Mar’s all-time leading trainer for wins with 473, got his first of the meeting of the stakes variety, and 32nd of
his career, when Obviously defended his title in the Del Mar Mile
Handicap Sunday with a half-length victory over He Be Fire N Ice. So,
it’s on to bigger things.
“He came out of the race great. Now we’re going with the same plan as
last year,” Phil D’Amato, Mitchell’s son-in-law and assistant said
Wednesday morning. “The City of Hope prep (at Santa Anita) and then the
Obviously, third to Wise Dan in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Mile, received
a 97 Beyer speed figure for Sunday’s race, down from the 107 and 106
marks winning the American Handicap and Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood
Park. Not a concern to D’Amato.
“From the get-go this year, we’ve focused solely on the Breeders’ Cup
as our main goal and there’s plenty left in the tank,” D’Amato said.
“He’ll be fully cranked for the next two.
“He came home in (:22.92) and as close as it looked, I think they
could have gone around again and he wouldn’t have let those horses by
him. He’s doing great, I think he’s even more horse this year than he
was last year at this time, and our main focus is the Breeders’ Cup.”
Mitchell’s stable will be aiming for another Del Mar stakes win when
it sends out Sunday Rules in Wednesday’s $150,000 Generous Portion
stakes for California-bred 2-year-old fillies. Sunday Rules is the 7-5
morning line favorite in a field of six.
Sunday Rules, a daughter of Tribal Rule, won her career debut by 4 ½
lengths on August 3. “She showed us a ton of ability before she raced
and in her maiden race; hopefully she’ll show it again today,” D’Amato