Ron Mitchell is Online Managing Editor for The Blood-Horse magazine.
Articles by Ron Mitchell
March 18, 2011
Leadership of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) on March 18 defended the organization from allegations of neglect among some horses under the care of the equine retirement program and said it was continuing to work to fulfill its mission. Read More
March 11, 2011
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) voted there was probable cause to believe that both jockey John Velazquez and chief state steward John Veitch were in violation of regulations regarding Life At Ten's participation in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Read More
March 11, 2011
In reviewing the circumstances surrounding Life At Ten's subpar performance in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KRHC) has concluded that the filly should have Read More
February 23, 2011
Zenyatta, the sensational 2010 Horse of the Year, was bred Feb. 23 to Darley stallion Bernardini, the second top racemare to be mated in the Bluegrass this week. According to the Zenyatta website, the mare owned by Jerry and Ann Moss Read More
January 27, 2011
A committee that advises the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KRHC) on its breeders' incentive program met again Jan. 25 and approved three additional recommendations for ways in which the program should be changed.
January 11, 2011
The Office of the Inspector General in the Kentucky Transportation Department is assisting the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) in its probe of Life At Ten's participation in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic. Although the commission staff, Read More
December 14, 2010
The chairman of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission said on Dec. 13 that any action stemming from the investigation into the Life At Ten case would be brought before the entire commission upon completion of a thorough review.
December 01, 2010
It is unlikely that an investigation into Life At Ten's participation in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic will be completed in time for a report to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) at its next meeting. Read More
December 01, 2010
An out-of-competition testing regulation that was put into effect in Kentucky prior to the Breeders' Cup World Championships will soon become permanent. During a meeting on Nov. 30, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's rules committee made ... Read More
November 03, 2010
With only two workouts by Breeders' Cup World Championship entrants, the scene on the backside of Churchill Downs the morning of Nov. 3 was all about Zenyatta. Read More
October 13, 2010
The quest to breed a better horse has led Thoroughbred breeders to try many unorthodox theories and systems, all with mixed results. To date, the success (or lack thereof) of most of these tools has been anecdotal, with no way to qua Read More
October 04, 2010
In 1973, the great Secretariat propelled horse racing onto the covers of national magazines and on the evening newscasts as "Big Red" rolled through the Triple Crown, highlighted by his impressive 31-length Belmont Stakes romp. Read More
September 16, 2010
Regulators in Kentucky are planning to begin out-of-competition testing within the next seven to 10 days after Gov. Steve Beshear signed the new regulation to take effect on an emergency basis.
Acting on a request from the Kentucky Horse Racing Read More
September 08, 2010
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, operating on a tight schedule, approved a regulation Sept. 7 governing out-of-competition equine drug testing with plans to have it in place in advance of the Nov. 5-6 Breeders' Cup World Championships Read More
September 02, 2010
An effort to finalize proposed regulations on out-of-competition testing of horses in Kentucky erupted into a lively debate over penalties when two panels met in joint session via teleconference Aug. 31. The out-of-competition regula Read More
August 27, 2010
Two committees of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission have agreed on a set of regulations that will pertain to out-of-competition testing that is being pushed through before the Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 5-6 at Churchill Downs. Read More
August 25, 2010
During a meeting at Churchill Downs in Louisville Aug. 24, about three dozen horsemen told representatives of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) it should delay out-of-competition drug testing. Citing the many aspects of the Read More
May 26, 2010
American breeders and sales companies now have access to a foreign market that had been off-limits to U.S. horses for the last five years due to import restrictions. The country of India had previously prohibited the import of horses Read More
May 02, 2010
As rain continued to pour on a soggy Churchill Downs stable area the morning of May 2, trainer Todd Pletcher was absorbing the previous day's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands victory by Super Saver as the trainers of those who finish Read More
March 17, 2010
A company that conducts equine drug testing in Great Britain but which has not been involved in testing of horses in America has been awarded the contract to handle the testing of horses racing in Kentucky, effective January 2011.
Th Read More
February 27, 2010
In an effort to cut down on abuses of the appeals process by trainers and jockeys, the rules committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved a draft of a rule on frivolous appeals.
Under the proposed rule, presen Read More
January 21, 2010
One day after Barbaro's brother Lentenor broke his maiden in impressive fashion, farm managers reported that La Ville Rouge, the dam of both horses, aborted her 2010 foal.
The foal, which was aborted Dec. 24, 2009, had been sired Read More
January 06, 2010
Six equine research projects totaling nearly $400,000 over a two-year period have been approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
All of the research, approved by the commission Jan. 5, will be conducted by the Kentucky Equine Read More
December 02, 2009
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved new procedures that regulators say will streamline and reduce the cost of equine drug testing in the state by as much as 25-30%.
Under the new procedures, approved unanimously by th Read More
November 04, 2009
Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien said that Breeders' Cup Classic contender Rip Van Winkle is fine and did not show any indications of his recurring foot problems when he went to the track at Santa Anita early Nov. Read More