06/17/2013 12:00PM

Hollywood Park: Mike Mitchell released from hospital


Trainer Mike Mitchell was released from a Southern California hospital on Sunday evening, hours after collapsing near the winner’s circle of an apparent seizure following the sixth race at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Mitchell was resting at home on Monday morning, according to Billy Koch, a friend of the Mitchell family who operates the Little Red Feather Racing partnership.

“He’s doing much better,” Koch said. “He wanted to go to the barn.”

Mitchell had just watched Little Red Feather’s Gutshot Straight win a sprint for $40,000 claimers when he was stricken. He was treated trackside by ambulance personnel before being transported to a hospital in nearby Torrance.

Mitchell was observed at the hospital until he was released in the evening hours, Koch said.

Mitchell, 65, underwent surgery last summer for a brain tumor. The operation kept his activity in racing to a minimum last summer before he gradually began to spend more time at the stable in the morning and at the races in the afternoon.

In March, Mitchell said doctors had told him that the brain tumor had shrunk in size.

In a casual conversation early Sunday afternoon, Mitchell said he was looking forward to the upcoming Del Mar meeting which begins in July. He largely missed last summer’s Del Mar meet while undergoing post-surgical treatment.

On June 29, Mitchell will start leading contender Obviously in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park.

Bob Fasching More than 1 year ago
How in the world can you say something so stupid!!!! Obviously Billy is a friend of Mikes and was concerned about him just like anybody would be. Just a ridiculous comment.
Bob Sayers More than 1 year ago
Carol Ware More than 1 year ago
I am glad to hear you are home Mike. I will be keeping you in my prayers.
John More than 1 year ago
Hey Mikey, glad your back home. Your like an old class horse that always gives his best and always fights through adversity to find the winner's circle. Your memory is as good now as it ever was. Stay tough buddy. Looking foward to seeing you at Del Mar. You always make me smile when I ask you. How are you doing? The answer....Ok So Far. The name of a real class horse from the past of our younger days that was a winner just like you Mikey. Love and prayers to you Mike. Think of you often.
Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
Get Well Mike Mitchell......
Judy Fraizer More than 1 year ago
Tough as a boot. Get WELL Mike!
Dick More than 1 year ago
Get well Mike!!!!!!!
Eddie Donnally More than 1 year ago
Praying for you, Mike.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
Stephen Stankiewicz More than 1 year ago
Most important, take care of yourself. You are one dam good trainer but most important you are a dam good human being!