Ron Mitchell

  • Nyquist

    Nyquist's April 10 Jog 'Fantastic'

    After jogging for a second day at Keeneland April 10, Nyquist's training regimen leading up to the May 7 Kentucky Derby will intensify this week as the undefeated colt will begin galloping Monday.

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    Nyquist Hits the Track at Keeneland

    Nyquist, the undefeated champion who is favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), jogged twice around the main track at Keenelanmd Racecourse the morning of April 9.

  • Nyquist in his stall at Keeneland

    Nyquist's Return to Track Possible April 9

    Contingent upon test results showing he no longer has an elevated white blood cell count, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist is scheduled to make his first appearance at Keeneland Saturday.

  • Something Extra won the 2015 Shakertown.

    Something Extra Seeks Shakertown Repeat

    John Menary and trainer Gail Cox's Something Extra will attempt to repeat his 2015 victory in the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIT) for turf sprinters on the April 9 Blue Grass Stakes card at Keeneland.

  • Stopchargingmaria is making her first start since her victory in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Distaff.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2015-Breeders-Cup/Longines-Breeders-Cup-Distaff/i-BHgZFHx">Order This Photo</a>

    Loaded Field of Graded Winners in Madison

    There will be few graded stakes during the 16-day Keeneland Racecourse meet that will draw as tough of a field as the April 9 $300,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) for older fillies and mares sprinting seven furlongs.

  • Blofeld wins the 2016 Gulfstream Park Handicap.

    U.S. Wagering Up Nominally in March

    Despite fewer races and race days, commingled wagering on U.S. racing rose nominally during the month of March, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released by Equibase April 5.

  • Hip 40 by Too Much Bling was the sale topper

    Texas 2-Year-Old Sale Topped by Filly

    A Texas-bred daughter of Too Much Bling was purchased by Danny Keene for $95,000 to top the Texas 2-year-olds in training sale conducted by the Texas Thoroughbred Association April 4 at Lone Star Park.

  • I'm a Chatterbox.

    I'm a Chatterbox Sizzles in Keeneland Work

    Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's grade I winner I'm a Chatterbox zipped through five furlongs in a bullet :59 at Keeneland April 4 as the 4-year-old filly prepares for the April 22 Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. I).

  • Gun Runner at Churchill Downs April 4.

    Gun Runner Gets to Work at Churchill Downs

    Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner, impressive winner of the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (gr. II), put in his first work at Churchill Downs the morning of April 4.

  • Fewer Horses, But Same Quality at Texas Sale

    Although the number of horses cataloged is down this year from last at the Texas 2-year-olds in training sale that will be held April 4, sales director Tim Boyce said the auction will still likely have as many quality horses.

  • Songbird wins Santa Ysabel

    'Bullet' Work for Champion Songbird

    Fox Hill Farm's undefeated filly Songbird continued to progress toward the April 9 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) the morning of March 29. The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro worked six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 with Mike Smith aboard.

  • Keeneland Seeks Dismissal of Dickinson Suit

    Keeneland Association has filed a motion in federal court seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed against the Lexington racing and sales entity by Tapeta Footings founder and trainer Michael Dickinson.

  • A 2016 colt by Candy Ride-Common Hope

    Full Brother to Shared Belief Foaled

    Common Hope, the dam of ill-fated Shared Belief, produced a full brother to the 2013 champion 2-year-old male on March 19 at Sancal Racing at Elmendorf Farm near Lexington.

  • Chocolate Ride delivers the victory in the Fair Grounds Handicap.

    Chocolate Ride Back to Defend Muniz Title

    Ex-claimer Chocolate Ride will be seeking to defend his title in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) March 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as the son of Candy Ride has been assigned top weight of 124 pounds.

  • Hip 591, a Smart Strike colt, brought $1.7 million to top the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2-year-olds in training sale March 16.

    Smart Strike Colt Tops OBS Juvenile Sale

    They saved the best for last at the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2-year-olds in training sale March 16, when a Smart Strike colt lit up the bid board late for $1.7 million.

  • An Uncle Mo colt was bought for $1.3 during the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's sale of 2-year-olds in training.

    Uncle Mo Colt Brings $1.3 Million at OBS

    An Uncle Mo colt was purchased for $1.3 million by Mike Repole in partnership with Coolmore Stud to take over as leader during the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Hip 222 by Twirling Candy for $850,000

    Twirling Candy Colt Tops at OBS for $850,000

    A Twirling Candy colt was bought by a partnership of Al Shaqab Racing, WinStar, and China Horse Club for $850,000 to become the new sale-topper at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Hip 182 sold for $625,000 at the OBS March Sale

    Curlin Colt Brings $625,000 at OBS

    A Curlin colt who breezed a quarter-mile in :21 was purchased by MMG Stables for $625,000 to become the second-highest offering about two-thirds through the first session of the OBS sale of 2-year-olds March 15.

  • OBS March Sale

    Signs Point Toward Positive OBS Sale

    There are so many factors that can affect the outcome of a horse sale it is often difficult to predict a probable outcome. But all signs are pointing toward a positive Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds.

  • Hip 257 during the OBS March Undertack Show

    Horses to Watch for OBS Day 1

    Following is a list of horses to watch during the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds in training that begins March 15 at 11 a.m. EDT.

  • Hip 73 by Into Mischief was 1 of 14 top times

    14 Share Fastest Workout Time at OBS

    Three Into Mischief fillies and offspring of four freshmen sires were among 14 horses that shared the fastest eighth of a mile workout time of :09 4/5 during the March 9 first of three under tack workout sessions.

  • A horse breezes during the Fasig-Tipton Florida Undertack Preview.

    Curlin Filly Out of Fasig-Tipton Sale

    A Curlin filly expected to be among the top offerings at the March 2 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training has been withdrawn after a sore shin was detected late Feb. 29.

  • Hip 112 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale under tack show

    Fastest F-T Work Time Shared by 10 Horses

    The Feb. 29 under tack workouts for the March 2 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training resulted in 10 horses tying for the fastest time of :10 at the popular distance of an eighth of a mile.

  • Hip No. 7, a Macho Uno filly, is one of 7 juveniles, who worked eighth of a mile in :9 4/5.

    F-T March Bellwether for Juvenile Sales

    The North American Thoroughbred industry will be watching with rapt attention Wednesday, March 2, when Fasig-Tipton launches the 2-year-olds in training sale season with the March sale at Gulfstream Park.

  • Timber Country

    Champion Timber Country Dies at Age 24

    Timber Country, the champion 2-year-old male of 1994 and 1995 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner who went on to a successful stallion career in Japan, died Feb. 24 at Lex Stud in Hokkaido at age 24.

  • Entries Strong for Sunland Park's Return

    It appears that life at Sunland Park is returning to normal as the New Mexico track is prepared to race Feb. 26 for the first time in more than a month as an outbreak of equine herpesvirus appears to have abated.

  • Divisidero won the American Turf (gr. IIT).

    New Year, New Rider for Divisidero

    Gunpowder Farm's Divisidero will have a new rider when the 4-year-old son of Kitten's Joy makes his first start since last July in the $150,000 Canadian Turf (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 27.

  • Three Aqueduct Riders Fined by NYSGC

    Three jockeys at Aqueduct Racetrack have been fined by the New York State Gaming Commission for "failure to ride in a professional manner" in separate incidents earlier in February.

  • Moanin rolls to victory in the February Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2016/i-nLnMwQ3">Order This Photo</a>

    NY-Bred Moanin Sets Track Record in Japan

    Moanin, a New York-bred son of Henny Hughes, unleashed a quick turn of foot at the top of the stretch and continued his momentum for a 1 1/4-length victory in the February Stakes (Jpn-I) at Tokyo Racecourse Feb. 21.