Saturday, Betfair Hollywood Park
TRIPLE BEND H.-GI
, $250,000, BHP, 6-30, 3yo/up, 7f (AWT), 1:22 3/5, ft.
1--sCAMP VICTORY, 116, g, 5, by Forest Camp
1st Dam: Victory Trick, by Clever Trick
2nd Dam: Victorious Answer, by Northern Answer
3rd Dam: Victory Chant, by Victoria Park
($90,000 2yo '09 OBSMAR; $39,000 RNA yrl '08 FTKJUL). O-Featherston, Jacobsen & Miller; B-Atkins Homes Inc (VA); T-Mike R Mitchell; J-Joseph Talamo; $150,000. Lifetime Record: 23-8-3-2, $517,986. Werk Nick Rating: B Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 123, c, 4, War Front
--Greyciousness, by Miswaki. ($50,000 wlng '08 KEENOV; $40,000 yrl '09 FTKJUL; $250,000 2yo '10 BESMAY). O-Fog City Stable & George Bolton; B-H & W Thoroughbreds (KY); T-Bob Baffert; $50,000.
, 116, h, 6, Soul of the Matter-- Valleyofthebells, by Red Ransom. O-Double JH Stables, Inc & Estate of Robert E Reseigne; B-Robert Reseigne (CA); T-Gary Mandella; $30,000.
Margins: 3 1/4, 5 1/4, 3/4. Odds: 10.30, 0.90, 10.10.
Also Ran: Tres Borrachos, Smiling Tiger, Centralinteligence, Italian Rules. Scratched: Comma to the Top, Don Tito. Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs, the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree or the video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
Camp Victory provided the perfect get-well soon present to his trainer as Mike Mitchell continues to recover after having a brain tumor removed Friday. Claimed off West Point Thoroughbreds and John Sadler out of a winning effort for $40,000 last February, Camp Victory finished second and was placed first via disqualification over subsequent champion Amazombie (Northern Afleet) in the GIII Los Angeles H. at Hollywood last May. He also collected second-place finishes in the 2011 renewal of this race and the GI Pat O'Brien S. at Del Mar. Seventh in the GII Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs, Camp Victory kicked off his 5-year-old campaign with a good third in the GII Potrero Grande S. at Santa Anita Apr. 7, and repeated that effort in the GIII Los Angeles H. most recently May 28. Camp Victory stayed within striking distance here as favored The Factor was pressed through fractions of :22.49 and :44.82 with defending Triple Bend winner Smiling Tiger (Hold That Tiger) a stalking third. Smiling Tiger moved to challenge The Factor turning for home, but Camp Victory took up the challenge as well, revving up three wide as Joe Talamo took a quick look back in the rear view mirror. Camp Victory blew right by The Factor in the stretch, and increased the margin to the wire. "There was a tear or two coming down," assistant trainer Phil D'Amato admitted. "Mike [Mitchell] did all the work--I just had him in maintenance mode. Mike's always loved this horse and picked him out to claim. It was like a six-way shake the day we got him. I've been with Mike seven years now. He's like my father. He took me under his wing and taught me everything." Mrs. Denise Mitchell watched the race alongside her husband via the internet in the hospital. "We were ready to move to a new room from the ICU, but they let us sneak a laptop in there to watch the race," she revealed. "Both [daughters McCall and Shea] were there and we were all huddled around the laptop. Mike came out of the surgery fine and he's doing very well. In fact, he's sitting in a chair right now and isn't in any pain. Mike knew he was in tough today, but after the race he said, '10-1? Man.'"