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Mitchell Happy with Five Post for Kela

Trainer Mike Mitchell said he was pleased with drawing the five post for Kela after post positions were drawn for Saturday's $1-million Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). Kela is among the 13 entered for the six-furlong affair at Lone Star Park.

Kela KO's Pico Central in Pat O'Brien

Kela KO's Pico Central in Pat O'Brien

Pico Central had won spotlight grade I races in New Yorkin his last two starts, but he ran into a hotter horse Sunday in the Mike Mitchell-trained Kela, who blew past the 2-5 choice in mid-stretch to win the $194,000 Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar.

Kela Clobbers Texas Mile Foes

Southern California invader Kela was given a smooth ride by jockey David Nuesch and the 6-year-old responded with a convincing 5 ΒΌ-length victory over late running Supah Blitz in Saturday's $300,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park.

Veteran Mitchell has Derby 'Gold Rush' in Mind

Mike Mitchell has been training nearly 30 years but has never run a horse in the Kentucky Derby. If the 55-year-old Bakersfield, Calif. native gets to Churchill Downs on May 1, his hopes rest with Quinton's Gold Rush.

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