In June, trainer Mike Mitchell had to put racing on the back burner when he went through brain surgery to remove a tumor. Today, Mitchell is preparing his horses Obviously and Camp Victory for next weekend's Breeders' Cup. For the trainer, being back at the track is the best therapy he could have.
“I love the excitement and I love training horses,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
The trainer is trying to win his first Breeders' Cup race in a year full of ups and downs. After going through treatment for cancer, one of his horses suffered a career ending injury, but the last part of 2012 looks to be turning around. In December, his daughter Shea is getting married to Julien Leparoux, but first he has two horses to run in the Championship racing weekend.
Mitchell's current focus is on his horses. He recommended that Obviously's owners supplemented the gelding into the Breeders' Cup Mile for $100,000. The owners followed the instincts of a trainer they consider to be a horse whisperer.
“When you get a guy who cares about the animal himself, you have a big advantage,” co-owner Anthony Fanticola said.
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