Eric Mitchell

Eric Mitchell has worked at Blood-Horse since Oct. 1999, joining the staff originally as a business writer. He has been editorial director/editor-in-chief since Dec. 2009.

AQHA Lifts Embryo Transfer Registration Ban Entirely

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. The ruling could affect the rules of other registries, including The Jockey Club.

Youbet.com Hires Exec Away from Disney

Youbet.com has hired Gary Sproule, a former Disney executive, as its chief financial officer. The California online racing and wagering company also announced a marketing agreement with California fairs.

Magna Has Deal to Acquire Flamboro Downs

Magna Entertainment Corp. announced Tuesday an agreement to buy Flamboro Downs Holdings for $47 million, which will give the Ontario-based racetrack conglomerate its first racetrack in Canada.

Stock Slump Drags Down Racing Stocks

Public companies with ties to Thoroughbred racing slumped from 1-20% Monday as the resignation of Tyco International's chairman and growing investor skepticism dragged down the entire market.

Sam Houston Parent Company Posts Big Losses

Maxxam, the industry conglomerate that owns Sam Houston Race Park, posted a huge first quarter loss after its aluminum operation declared bankruptcy. The bankruptcy is not expected to affect racing operations.

Youbet.com Promotes Seven Managers

Youbet.com announced the promotion of seven managers Wednesday. Leading the list are former jockey agent Jeff Franklin who has become vice president of product management and Chris McConnell who is now executive director of track relations and player development.

Real Quiet Lawsuit Dismissed

Real Quiet Lawsuit Dismissed

A U.S. District Court judge on Thursday ruled to dismiss a fraud and breach of contract suit involving the retirement of 1998 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Real Quiet.

TVG Enjoying Triple Digit Growth

The TV Games Network is enjoying record growth due to the opening of Hollywood Park, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and an increasing popularity in Quarter Horse racing at Los Alamitos.

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