Mike Mitchell was elated with workouts by stable stars Obviously and
Camp Victory June 22 and stamped them ready for their respective starts
in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile and Grade I, $250,000
Triple Bend Handicap.
The Shoemaker, which is on turf, and the Triple Bend – at seven
furlongs over Cushion Track – are Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In”
The winner of the Shoemaker Mile receives fees-paid entry into the
Breeders’ Cup Turf Mile while the Triple Bend winner gets the same
reward for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
Obviously, who won the Grade II American Handicap May 25, worked
five furlongs in 59 1/5 seconds, the second fastest of 39 works at the
distance that morning at Santa Anita. The 5-year-old Irish bred has won
five of 11 in the United States and is 4-for-5 at the Shoemaker distance
“He’s doing great,” said Mitchell. “He galloped out super.”
Camp Victory, the defending Triple Bend champion, drilled six
furlongs in 1:13 1/5. A year ago, Mitchell, along with his family,
watched the Forest Camp gelding’s victory via computer from the
intensive care unit of USC Medical Center, one day after the trainer underwent surgery for a brain tumor.
Mitchell had a brief scare last Sunday when he collapsed after winning the sixth race with Gutshot Straight.
“I’m feeling much better,” said Mitchell. “It was a combination of
things. I was in the sun too long, it was awfully hot and I had a
seizure. Plus, I had a lot of caffeine in me, I was dehydrated and
still a little weak from a chemo treatment.”
Mitchell is back training at his stable and looking forward to the
Shoemaker Mile and Triple Bend. The 65-year-old is the second
winningest trainer in Hollywood Park history. He enters Sunday needing
just one win to reach 900 at the Inglewood track. Bobby Frankel is the
all-time leader with 952 victories.
“I’m coming out to see Obviously and Camp Victory,’’ he said. “This time I’m going to bring my hat and find some shade.”