06/16/2013 7:34PM

Hollywood Park: Mitchell hospitalized after fall at track

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Trainer Mike Mitchell, 65, collapsed near the winner's circle after the sixth race Sunday and was taken to a nearby hospital.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Trainer Mike Mitchell was undergoing tests early Sunday evening at nearby Little Company of Mary Medical Center after collapsing near the winner’s circle following the afternoon's sixth race at Betfair Hollywood Park. Mitchell was responsive and coherent at the hospital, according to his assistant, Phil D'Amato. 

Mitchell had just watched his starter Gutshot Straight win a sprint for $40,000 claimers when he fell. He was treated trackside by ambulance personnel before being transported to the hospital. While being transported to an ambulance on a stretcher, Mitchell was seen moving his hands. It was not immediately known what caused Mitchell to collapse.

Mitchell was accompanied to the hospital by his son-in-law, jockey Julien Leparoux, and D’Amato. Leparoux took off his final two mounts on the program, including the Mitchell-trained Suances Candy in the ninth race.

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 mornings and at the races in the afternoons.

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