Danny Mitchell Dies

The longtime horseman was 66.

Edited press release

California-based horseman Danny Mitchell, 66, died on July 15.

Danny Mitchell, a long time jockey and trainer of Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds in Southern California, died on the morning of July 15 of complications from Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). Danny resided in Bradbury, California at the time of his passing. He was 66.

Mitchell enjoyed a successful career as a Quarter Horse jockey, as he won 563 races at Los Alamitos and ranks 31st on the track's all-time list for victories. He also had success as a trainer, saddling 97 Quarter Horse winners, including seven stakes winners. His best horse was Cathy Monji’s Dicey Secret, a daughter of Raise A Secret and the dam of 2006 All American Futurity (G1) winner No Secrets Here.

Under Mitchell's care, Dicey Secret won three derbies in 1995 and raced during an era that included champion Ah Sigh. Dicey Secret won 12 of 21 starts, including the graded California Sires Cup Derby, Governor’s Cup Derby, and PCQHRA Breeders Derby.

When legendary Quarter Horse jockey Steve Treasure, who Mitchell rode against for many years, earned his 100th stakes victory on July 12, 1995, he accomplished the feat aboard the Mitchell-trained Beduinos Lark in the Santa Maria Handicap.

Mitchell is survived by his wife, Veronica "Charlie" Stucki; daughter, Brandi Mitchell; stepson, John Yoho; sister, Ramona Aguilar; and several nieces and nephews. The family will be having a private memorial service in Fallbrook, California on August 5.

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