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

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.

Acting on a request from the Kentucky Horse Racing Read More

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

Derby Day After--All Appear Well

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

New Racehorse Drug Testing Contract in Kentucky

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

Ky. Panel Moves to Restrict Frivolous Appeals

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

Mare Aborts Full Sister to Barbaro

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

Equine Research Projects Get Racing Commission Approval

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

Kentucky Changes Racehorse Drug Testing Procedures

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

Trainer: Rip Van Winkle Fine, No Foot Issues Currently

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

Barbaro's Brother Lentenor Entered in First Race

Lael Stable’s Lentenor, the full brother to 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, is scheduled to make his career debut on Keeneland’s Oct. 31 closing-day card.

The son of Dynformer produced from the Carson City mare La Read More

Kentucky Tracks Request Fewer Racing Days

Citing decreases in purses and the local horse population, Kentucky Thoroughbred racetracks requested a greatly pared down live racing schedule for 2010.

A Kentucky Horse Racing Commission committee discussed the requests Oct. 26. The full Read More

Keeneland September Yearling Sale Ends with Major Declines

The marathon Keeneland September yearling sale drew to a close Sept. 28 with some of the biggest declines in key statistical categories in recent history as the gross receipts fell 41.5%, the average was down 33.2%, and the median was off 40.5% Read More

Veterinarian Suspended for Medication Violations Granted Stay of Kentucky Suspension

Rodney Stewart, DVM, who was suspended five years by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for violating various medication violations, including possession of cobra venom, has been granted a stay of that action until his appeal can be heard, Read More

Lawsuit Claims Racehorse 'I Want Revenge' Injury Not Disclosed

IEAH Stables has filed court documents claiming that David Lanzman failed to disclose injuries to I Want Revenge that eventually led to the 3-year-old colt being scratched on the morning of the Kentucky Derby, for which he was the morning-line Read More

Thoroughbred Stallion Lawyer Ron Euthanized

Lawyer Ron, the 2007 champion older male, was euthanized July 10 at Stonewall Farm Stallions near Versailles, Ky., due to complications from a recent colic surgery

A 6-year-old son of Langfuhr, Lawyer Ron was standing his second season at stud Read More

Vet in Cobra Venom Case Sues Racing Commission

Rodney Stewart, DVM, who was suspended five years by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for violating various medication violations including possession of cobra venom, has filed a suit in Franklin (Kentucky) Circuit Court alleging that the Read More

It's a Bird Positive After Oaklawn Handicap

It's a Bird, winner of the Lone Star Handicap (gr. III) on Memorial Day, could lose the purse from his April 4 victory in the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) as the result of a positive test for the prohibited substance naproxen, an anti-inflammatory Read More

Preakness Filly Rachel Alexandra Works; No Belmont Decision

Preakness Stakes winner Rachel Alexandra worked a half-mile in :50 1/5 over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs early May 25. Co-owner Jess Jackson explained that the filly is doing well, but no decision has been made whether she will contest the Read More

Derby Glow Continues As Runners' Connections Make Plans

On a cool, wet May 3 morning in the barn area of Churchill Downs, the owners and trainer of Mine That Bird were basking in the limelight while still trying to absorb what had transpired the previous day when the 3-year-old gelding posted a Read More

Kentucky Derby Day Dawns Wet and Cool

Kentucky Derby day 135 dawned with a steady, sometimes heavy rain, and a temperature of 53 degrees in Louisville on the morning of May 2.

If the forecast is correct, those are the conditions that fans coming to the track for the Kentucky Read More

Shin Soreness Takes Square Eddie Out of Derby

J. Paul Reddam's Square Eddie will not run in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, trainer Doug O'Neill told The Blood-Horse early April 28.

The son of Smart Strike, who has been plagued with Read More