mike mitchell

Andersen: Will P Val stay retired?

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela insists he has retired for good, but that hasn’t stopped backstretch talk at Santa Anita about whether his retirement is for real, writes Steve Andersen for the Daily Racing Form: “I think he’ll be back before Del Mar,” trainer Mike Mitchell said. “That’s just my take. I don’t know anything and I […]

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Pacific Ocean wins Vernon O. Underwood
Pacific Ocean surges to Underwood victory

Pacific Ocean drew away in the stretch and blazed home to win the Grade 3 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes at Hollywood Park by two and a half lengths over Irrefutable. M One Rifle finished third, ahead of favorite Euroears. Pacific Ocean is trained by Mike Mitchell for JMJ Racing Stables, LLC and was ridden to […]

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St. Trinians retired from racing, will be sold at Fasig-Tipton

Grade 2 winner St. Trinians has been retired from racing, trainer Mike Mitchell told the Daily Racing Form Tuesday.  The six-year-old mare had been pointed for the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland next month, but Mitchell said she had an ankle flare up and was showing signs of wear. St. Trinians, who is perhaps best […]

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California shippers to challenge for British Columbia Derby

Two of the hottest and most sought-after jockeys in North America will be joined by one of California’s elite trainers for the 66th running of the $200,000 British Columbia Derby at Hastings Racecourse on Sunday, Sept. 11. A full field of 12 three-year-olds will include Del Mar’s most successful trainer Mike Mitchell making his Canadian […]

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Joel Rosario
Rosario wins 3rd straight Del Mar title; Mitchell top trainer

Joel  Rosario became the first jockey to win three consecutive Del Mar riding titles in 57 years with a 49-42 win margin over Joe Talamo for the 2011 crown.  Leading by only two with three days remaining, Rosario won four races on Sunday and three more Monday of Labor Day weekend to pull away. Rosario, […]

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Tanda wins Rancho Bernardo
Tanda takes the Rancho Bernardo Handicap

Tanda won the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap by a length and a half over a fast-closing She’s Cheeky. Irish Gypsy finished third, and Mildly Offensive rounded out the four-horse field. Tanda, a 4-year-old bay filly by Sweetsouthernsaint, is trained by Mike Mitchell and was ridden by Joe Talamo. Running time for the six and […]

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Mike Mitchell
Mitchell sets record for Del Mar wins

PRESS RELEASE Sixty-three-year-old Mike Mitchell, in his 35th season competing at Del Mar, became the winningest trainer in the history of the seaside track Friday when he sent out favored Backwoods Belle to win the fifth race, marking his 437th triumph “where the turf meets the surf.” Thus, Mitchell surpassed still-active 79-year-old Hall of Fame […]

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Trainer Mike Mitchell closes in on all-time Del Mar wins

California trainer Mike Mitchell is just four victories away from setting the all-time record for wins at Del Mar.  He trails Ron McAnally 436-433, and with a month left in the current meet, Mitchell has twice as many runners as McAnally.  The Daily Racing Form profiles Mitchell’s attempt to break the record: “In recent months, […]

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Talamo loses mount on St. Trinians after DQ

Trainer Mike Mitchell plans to replace jockey Joe Talamo on St. Trinians after the six-year-old mare was disqualified and placed fourth in the Grade 2 Milady Handicap at Hollywood Park Saturday. Mitchell tells the Daily Racing Form:  “They all make mistakes… I love Joe, but I’m going to have to make a change. She had […]

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Owner fires Mitchell over suspension

Arresting Officer, an impressive two-year-old Hollywood Park maiden winner, ran a strong race for second place in the fifth at Santa Anita but didn’t quite get over the hump. The odds-on to win the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes, Arresting Officer got caught in traffic on his way to the disappointing runner-up status. But according to […]

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