|CAMP VICTORY (Benoit Photo)|
"It was crazy here," said Mitchell's wife, Denise, who watched the Triple Bend with her husband on a computer in the hospital. "We were ready to move to a new room from the ICU [Intensive Care Unit], but they let us sneak a laptop in there to watch the race. 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."
Camp Victory was acquired by his present connections -- the partnership of Featherston, Jacobsen and Miller -- via the claim box for $40,000 in February 2011. After an initial victory for his new owners in an optional claimer, Camp Victory missed by a nose in the Grade 3 San Simeon Handicap, but was elevated to first in the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood after the disqualification of eventual sprint champion Amazombie.
Subsequently second to Smiling Tiger in the 2011 Triple Bend, Camp Victory occupied the same slot behind The Factor in the Grade 1 Pat O'Brien at Del Mar.
Prior to Saturday's win, Camp Victory recorded third-place finishes in the Grade 2 Potrero Grande and in his title defense of the May 28 Los Angeles Handicap. His record now stands at 23-8-3-2, $517,986.
Bred in Virginia by Atkins Homes, Camp Victory is by Forest Camp out of the winning Clever Trick mare Victory Trick, a half-sister to Canadian Grade 2 winner Last Answer and a full sister to multiple stakes winner Victorious Trick.