Eric Mitchell

Eric Mitchell is a Editorial Director and Editor-in-Chief The Blood-Horse magazine.

Articles by Eric Mitchell

New York Taking Public Comments on Salix Use in Racehorses

Salix is a medication used to prevent exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhaging, also known as bleeding. Read More

TOBA Reaffirms Commitment to Race-Day Drug Ban

TOBA hopes to to do more to address the controversial issue of allowing race-day Salix administration. Read More

TRF Alleges Libel, Slander in Lawsuit

The relationship between the TRF and its key benefactor, the Paul Mellon Estate, withered over the past year. Read More

Strong Drug Reform in Thoroughbred Racing Urged by Owner

Prominent Thoroughbred owner George Strawbridge Jr. said racing can only grow by eliminating medications. Read More

Racing Catastrophic Injuries Could Lead to Vet Policy Reform

Policy reform could be ahead after a filly broke down and was not euthanized for nearly an hour. Read More

Commentary: Perception of Medications and Racing

Can we blame Salix and race-day medications for the bad perception horse racing seems to draw from the public? Read More

Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement to Expand in New York

The Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement organization announced that it will be expanding in upstate New York. Read More

Medication Summit Called 'New Beginning'

A baby step toward progress was how organizers described the two-day International Race Day Medication Summit Read More

Summit Furthers Discussion on EIPH

Concerns about Salix's performance-enhancing attributes may pale in comparison to the potential detrimental Read More

Race Day Medication Summit Digs Into Salix

Anyone hoping to learn the intricacies of Salix use, research, and regulation at the June 13 International Read More

Education Early Focus of Race Day Medication Summit

Exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhaging discussed on Day 1 of the International Summit on Race Day Medication Read More

Longshot Ruler On Ice Steals the Belmont Stakes

Ruler On Ice, a son of Roman Ruler out of Champagne Glow stalked Shakleford through most of the Belmont Stakes Read More

Commentary: The Battle of Salix

Another battle over the medication Salix is brewing. We say "another" because Thoroughbred racing has been Read More

Shackleford Tames Animal Kingdom in Preakness Stakes

Shackleford wins the 2011 Preakness Stakes. Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom finishes second and Astrology Read More

Proposed Federal Bill Would Have Hand on Race-Day Drug Use

A federal bill might be filed next week that creates a three-strikes-you're-out penalty system for anyone found guilty of racing a horse under the influence of a performance-enhancing drug.
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Heartbreaking Thriller: Blame Beats Zenyatta (UPDATED)

Zenyatta's history-making winning streak ends by a nose to Blame in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Blame is a homebred son of Arch for Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider. Read More

Commentary: Give Bute the Boot

Without question, Bute and other NASAIDs help horses in training. But do we really need them on race day? Most vets will say it's better to give a horse time off rather than medication. Read More

Commentary: Finding Homes for all Thoroughbreds

The buy-back rate at the recently concluded Keeneland September yearling sale became the sale's most significant statistic because it dropped to 26.7% from 27.5%. The improvement in trade over last year meant at least 30 more horses found n Read More

Strangles: Kentucky Tracks Ban Hoosier Park Horses

On the recommendation of the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office, horses stabled at Hoosier Park will not be allowed to enter the barn areas of any Kentucky racetrack or public training facility until further notice.

Hoosier Park Racing an Read More

Commentary: Spending Time with John Henry

I took my 7-year-old son to visit the Old Man on a recent Sunday afternoon.

It's been almost 20 years since I'd seen him, and the first time for Matthew. You know how time gets away. The Old Man's health has not been too good lately so a Read More

AQHA Settles Embryo Transfer Lawsuit

The American Quarter Horse Association has eliminated all restrictions regarding the registration of foals produced through embryo transfer as part of an out-of-court settlement with a coalition of breeders.

For a couple of years, the Read More

Texas Judge Upholds Antitrust Ruling Against the AQHA

A Texas judge reaffirmed on May 16 his earlier decision that an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) rule restricting the number of registered foals produced through embryo transfer violates the state's Read More

Courts May Settle Artificial Insemination Debate

Published in the Jan. 26 issue of The Blood-Horse

Thoroughbred breeders who are happy with the industry's staunch opposition to artificial insemination and embryo transfer should not get too comfortable.

"Don't think Read More

Medication Summit Report Makes 21 Recommendations

Uniformity among testing procedures and the development of a broad-based funding mechanism to support expanded testing programs and research were among 21 recommendations made by Racehorse Medication Summit report released Jan. 4.

The Read More

MRLS Jacks Up Insurance Rates; Policies Offered as Incentives

Prospective foal insurance used to be about the new owner of a pregnant broodmare protecting his investment after the purchase. At this year's Keeneland November breeding stock sale, insurance coverage became an
incentive to buy the mare in Read More