Ron Mitchell

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

Probable Kentucky Oaks Favorite R Heat Lightning Withdrawn

E. Paul Robsham Stable's homebred Thoroughbred filly R Heat Lightning, the probable favorite in the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (the first leg of the Filly Triple Crown held the day before the Kentucky Derby), has been withdrawn from the race after heat was Read More

KHRC Committee Denies Trainer Dutrow's License

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's (KHRC) license review committee voted unanimously April 13 to not issue a trainer's license for the state of Kentucky to trainer Rick Dutrow, who trained 2008 Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown. The KHRC cited Read More

Thoroughbred Trainers Against Potential Ban on Anti-Bleeder Medications

Saying they support efforts to limit race-day medications, two prominent Thoroughbred trainers say they hope the initiatives do not go so far as to ban use of the anti-bleeder drug furosemide (Salix).
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Leading Thoroughbred Sire A.P. Indy Pensioned

Two-time leading North American Thoroughbred sire A.P. Indy has been pensioned at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., after none of the mares bred to him this year have been pronounced in foal. Farish said the 22-year-old son of Read More

Breeders' Cup: Life At Ten Jockey Agrees to Pay $10,000 Fine

Jockey John Velazquez agreed to pay a $10,000 fine to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) to settle the complaint filed against him in the Life At Ten case regarding the mare's participation in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic, held Nov. Read More

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Chairman Issues Statement

The chairman of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) issued a statement March 29, saying that the organization takes responsibility for retired horses that previously have been rejected by other organizations and reiterated previous criticism Read More

Jockey Club Continues Support for TRF

The Jockey Club has pledged its continued support for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), the country's largest equine retirement program that has come under scrutiny over the past week. In a statement following publication of a New York Read More

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Leadership Defends Organization

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

Breeders' Cup: KHRC Rules on Life At Ten Incident

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

Breeders' Cup: Life At Ten Should Have Undergone Post-Race Testing

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

Horse of the Year Zenyatta Bred to Bernardini

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

Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Panel Adopts Changes

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.
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Breeders' Cup: Kentucky Transportation Dept. Aiding in Life At Ten Probe

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

Breeders' Cup: Life At Ten Investigation Still Ongoing

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.

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Breeders' Cup: Results of Life At Ten Probe Not Likely Soon

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

Horse Racing: Kentucky Out-of-Competition Regulation to be Permanent

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

All Zenyatta All The Time at Churchill

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

Genetic Research is a New Tool in Breeding

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

Secretariat Hits the Big Screen in Lexington

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

Out-of-Competition Testing Set to Begin in Kentucky

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.

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Kentucky Panel Approves Out-of-Competition Testing for Race Horses

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

Kentucky Out-of-Competition Penalties Divisive

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

Kentucky Out-of-Competition Regulations Closer to Reality

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

Kentucky Horsemen Seek Delay in Out-Of-Competition Drug Testing

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

India Relaxes Horse Import Restrictions

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