Ron Mitchell is Online Managing Editor for The Blood-Horse magazine.
Articles by Ron Mitchell
September 20, 2008
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
September 16, 2008
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
July 17, 2008
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
July 15, 2008
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
June 17, 2008
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
June 15, 2008
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
June 07, 2008
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
May 19, 2008
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
May 03, 2008
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
March 20, 2008
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
March 17, 2008
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
January 24, 2008
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
January 14, 2008
Although Keeneland's January Thoroughbred horses of all ages sale was the first to be conducted under new policies allowing buyers the right to request testing for exogenous anabolic steroids in weanling and yearling purchases, there was only on Read More
December 06, 2007
Synthetic racing surfaces were given a resounding vote of confidence from racetrack executives and track superintendents Dec. 6, at the University of Arizona's Symposium on Racing and Gaming.
The panel, moderated by Churchill Downs racing Read More
October 28, 2007
Officials at Churchill Downs say a case of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) confirmed in one horse should have limited impact on the fall meet that begins Sunday, as long as the disease is contained.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture on Read More
October 23, 2007
Golden Eagle Farm remains unscathed despite having been surrounded by wildfires that forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Southern California residents. On Monday, Oct. 22, it was business as usual on the farm owned by the Mabee Read More
October 23, 2007
After nearly five years in existence, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium is refocusing on some of its core goals such as uniform rules, drug research, and standardizing drug-testing procedures in the United States.
Included as part o Read More
September 05, 2007
The outbreak of equine influenza that is jeopardizing the Australian breeding season has the breeders Down Under taking a hard look at sending their mares to Kentucky-based stallions this fall and winter.
On Sept. 3, the Web site for the Read More
May 19, 2007
When the Maryland Jockey Club carded the inaugural Barbaro Stakes on the Preakness Stakes card, it was prophetic that trainer Michael Matz would enter Chelokee.
After all, Matz had saddled Barbaro to win the 2006 Kentucky Derby and then Read More
May 15, 2007
Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense worked five furlongs in a snappy 1:00 at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning as the Street Cry colt completed his preparations for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
With regular jockey Calvin Borel Read More
May 05, 2007
Early visitors to the stable area at Churchill Downs received a rare treat Sunday morning when Street Sense jogged a mile one day after winning the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
After trainer Carl Nafzger and his wife Read More
February 09, 2007
The connections of Barbaro, the deceased winner of last year’s Kentucky Derby, were honored Feb. 5 in a resolution adopted by the Pennsylvania state Senate.
The resolution, introduced by four senators, recapitulated the horse’s career an Read More
January 15, 2007
The chief of surgery at University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center said Jan. 15 that Barbaro had “improved significantly” after undergoing surgery two days earlier to remove more of the left rear hoof that has been impacted by a bout of Read More
January 10, 2007
Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby winner who had been making steady progress on his road to recovery from an injured right hind leg and a bout of laminitis, suffered a "significant setback" Tuesday night at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Read More
January 08, 2007
A new cast has been placed on the left hind leg of classic winner Barbaro as the Kentucky Derby winner continues his recovery from the effects of laminitis in that foot.
Roy Jackson, who raced Barbaro in partnership with his wife, Read More