Ron Mitchell/The Horse

Ron Mitchell is Online Managing Editor for The Blood-Horse magazine. A Lexington native, Mitchell joined The Blood-Horse after serving in editorial capacities with The Thoroughbred Record and Thoroughbred Times, specializing in business and auction aspects of the industry, and was editor-in-chief of the award-winning Horsemen’s Journal. As online managing editor, Mitchell works closely with The Blood-Horse news editor and other departments to make sure the website content is the most thorough and accurate source for all Thoroughbred news, results, videos, and data.

Articles by Ron Mitchell

Vet's Suspension Upheld in Cobra Venom Case

A hearing officer has ruled that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission acted properly when it handed a five-year suspension to veterinarian Dr. Rodney Stewart after cobra venom and other prohibited substances were found in a barn and in his truck Read More

Catastrophic Injuries Spike at Turfway

After going a month with no fatalities, Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky was the site of five catastrophic injuries during an eight-day period in February, according to state veterinarian Bryce Peckham, DVM.

During his monthly report March Read More

Thoroughbred Stallion Sky Mesa Back Home After Surgeries

Sky Mesa, the 9-year-old stallion who had two operations related to a bout of colic, arrived back at Three Chimneys Farm Feb. 25 from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington and is on schedule to return to breeding around March 20. Read More

Thoroughbred Stallion Sky Mesa Recovering After Colic Surgery

Thoroughbred stallion Sky Mesa, whose son General Quarters entered the Triple Crown picture with an upset victory in the Sam F. Davis Stakes on Feb. 14, has been taken out of service after undergoing surgery for colic over the weekend.

The Read More

Vets Investigate Injuries at Kentucky Track

Veterinarians with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) and management at Turfway Park are looking into reasons why the number of catastrophic injuries over the Polytrack surface spiked during the recently concluded holiday meet at the Read More

Veterinarian in Cobra Venom Case Could Resume Practicing Soon

Rodney Stewart, the veterinarian who has been suspended for five years after cobra venom and other medications belonging to him were discovered in a trainer's barn at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., June 22, 2007, could resume Read More

Veterinarian States His Case Against Cobra Venom Charges

Suspended equine veterinarian Rodney Stewart testified Dec. 3 that he was unaware that a soft-sided cooler he left in a refrigerator in a barn at Keeneland contained the prohibited substance cobra toxin.

Also, during a daylong hearing of Read More

Veterinarian to Appeal Suspension in Cobra Venom Case

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has scheduled a Dec. 3 hearing to consider the appeal of Dr. Rodney Stewart, who was suspended five years in September 2007 for multiple violations of the state's medication regulations.

Stewart's appeal Read More

Training Centers, Equipment Changes Discussed at Kentucky Racing Meeting

The possible regulation of training centers in Kentucky was the focal point of discussion Dec. 1 during a meeting of the safety and welfare committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC).

While training centers are subject to an Read More

Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale Ends in Substantial Decline

The Keeneland November breeding stock sale that coincided with a world economic crash ended Nov. 17 with substantial declines in every key statistical category.

The Lexington sales company reported that 3,019 horses were sold during the Read More

No Major Injuries, Heat Problems Reported Among Breeders' Cup Horses

Horsemen making their regular morning stops at Santa Anita's Clocker's Corner Oct. 26 were abuzz over the success of the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships, the first ever run on an artificial surface.

There were no reports of major Read More

Racing Task Force Focuses on Funding

Lack of funding for the regulatory functions of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission was the focal point at a Sept. 30 meeting of the state's Task Force on the Future of Horse Racing.

During the panel's monthly meeting, members were told Read More

Trainer of Eight Belles, Hard Spun to Retire

Trainer Larry Jones, who earlier this year saddled the winner of the Kentucky Oaks and the following day had a filly finish second in the Kentucky Derby, said he plans to retire by the end of 2009.

"It is just time to quit," Jones said Sept Read More

Jones Appeals Clenbuterol Suspension

Thoroughbred trainer Larry Jones has appealed a seven-day suspension and $500 fine levied by the stewards at Delaware Park in connection with the highly-publicized case in which the horse Stones River tested positive for the prohibited substance Read More

Racetrack Injury Database Could Face Resistance

A new national racetrack injury database will have problems achieving widespread compliance without a large measure of anonymity and confidentiality, a Kentucky racetrack veterinarian said Sept. 15.

"I think there is going to be a ton of Read More

Racehorse Anabolic Steroid Ban Recommended in Kentucky

A subcommittee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has unanimously recommended that anabolic steroids be banned in horse racing in the state.

"The use of anabolic androgenic steroids shall be banned in horses competing in pari-mutuel Read More

Kentucky Racing Group Approves Toe Grab Horseshoe Ban

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission July 14 unanimously approved regulations that would prohibit the use of horseshoes with toe grabs on front feet of horses racing in the state.

The regulation, which still must go through a public comment Read More

Kentucky Panel Continues Racehorse Steroid Study

A committee of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council is continuing to gather information on anabolic steroids and is not yet ready to make a recommendation to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

Jim Smith, DVM, who chairs the committee, Read More

Curlin Rolls to Easy Victory in Stephen Foster

Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin took the lead entering the stretch and rolled to an impressive4 1/4-length victory in the $1-million Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Longshot Barcola jumped out to the early advantage, leading Read More

Injured Casino Drive Out of Belmont

About an hour after giving the all-clear for Casino Drive to run in the Belmont Stakes, trainer Kazuo Fujisawa said the colt was favoring his left rear hoof and was scratched from the classic.

Earlier, Fujisawa was all smiles after Read More

Scollay Hired as Kentucky Horse Racing Medical Director

During a meeting dominated by health and safety topics, the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) announced May 19 that Mary Scollay, DVM, has been appointed to the new position of equine medical director.

Scollay, the senior veterinarian Read More

Chelokee Update: No Fracture

Centennial Farms’ Chelokee, injured during the May 2 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, sustained a dislocated ankle and not a fracture, according to trainer Michael Matz.

“It was just a dislocated ankle that was put back in Read More

'Healthy Discussion' at Racehorse Safety Summit

The second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit concluded March 18 with the 62 participants releasing action plans on how to improve various aspects of the Thoroughbred industry.

Some of the recommendations could prove difficult to Read More

Caution Urged on Thoroughbred Steroid Regulation

An authority on drug testing, who has worked with the United States Olympic Committee and is now advising the horse racing industry, has urged caution on efforts to regulate anabolic steroids.

"You need much more infrastructure; you need Read More

Jacksons Not Involved in Planned NYC Barbaro Statue

Roy and Gretchen Jackson, who campaigned 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, say they are not involved with plans to erect a statue in New York's Central Park that memorializes the late classic winner.

According to a press release Tuesday from Read More