12/27/2010 8:06PM

Lose race, fire trainer


Arresting Officer, impressive debut winner at Hollywood Park, could not have run any better when he made his second career start Sunday in race 5 at Santa Anita.

Odds-on to win the $100,000 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes, the 2-year-old was caught four-wide through the turn while battling a wicked pace in the seven-furlong stake.

After a half-mile in 44.39 seconds, he shook free, opened up, and got collared. Arresting Officer, trained by Mike Mitchell, finished second. He ran a better, faster race than winner Thirtyfirststreet.

By the following day, Arresting Officer’s owner Suleman Dhani, wanted to make a change.

According to Mitchell, Dhani phoned him, stated he was embarrassed at Mitchell’s recent 15-day suspension, and said he desired a more comprehensive post-race dialogue than Mitchell could provide.

And so Mitchell, who last fall lost Grade 1 winner Jaycito in a trainer switch, lost another top 2-year-old.

Arresting Officer is now trained by Richard Mandella.

“It’s a tough game,” Mitchell said.