Ron Mitchell

  • Everest Wins Case Against Canani, Licht

    A California jury has determined that trainer Julio Canani and Roger Licht, a former chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, defrauded Jeffrey Nielsen's Everest Stables in a number of horse transactions in 2008.

  • Monmouth Park

    NJ Horsemen Hopeful on Breeders' Cup Bid

    New Jersey horsemen are working with Monmouth Park on a bid for the track to secure the 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships and would not make an issue out of the Breeders' Cup medication policy.

  • CDI chairman and CEO Bob Evans

    Evans: Continued Demand for Quality Racing

    The success of this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) shows there is continued demand for quality racing that combines entertainment, according to CDI chairman and CEO Bob Evans.

  • Churchill Could Drop $50 Derby Ticket Fee

    Two executives with Churchill Downs indicated June 14 there is a good possibility the track will drop a controversial policy requiring a non-refundable $50 fee for those wanting tickets to the Kentucky Derby.

  • Dale Romans at today's news conference

    Some Trainers Still Upset With Stakes Barn

    A day after the dozen Belmont Stakes (gr. I) horses were relocated to a designated barn, some trainers still expressed dissatisfaction with the arrangement and questioned why it wasn't handled differently.

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    Move to Belmont Stakes Barn Orderly

    The move of all horses entered in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) to Barn 2 at Belmont Park was an orderly process June 6, with 4-5 morning-line favorite I'll Have Another the last to arrive just a few minutes past noon.

  • Team O'Neill members set up I'll Have Another's stall as NYRA security monitors those entering and exiting Barn 2.

    O'Neill Delays Move to Belmont Stakes Barn

    Trainer Doug O'Neill said June 5 that he was holding off on relocating I'll Have Another to the barn set aside for Belmont Stakes (gr. I) horses at Belmont Park and that the move would now be made June 6.

  • Trainer Ken McPeek

    McPeek: 'Weird Things Can Happen' in Belmont

    Trainer Ken McPeek says he has brought two "solid 3-year-olds" to New York for a possible start in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) because "we believe anything can happen in the third leg of the Triple Crown."

  • It's Tricky wins the Ogden Phipps Handicap.
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    Consistent It's Tricky Wins Ogden Phipps

    Godolphin Racing's It's Tricky, a daughter of Mineshaft who has won or placed in 11 of 12 starts, wore down pacesetter Cash for Clunkers to win the Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) on the Belmont Park Memorial Day card.

  • Aruna is in command in the Sheepshead Bay Stakes at Belmont Park.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1869209457&k=WGNBt6S">Order This Photo</a>

    Aruna Takes Start-Plagued Sheepshead Bay

    Flaxman Holdings homebred Aruna took charge at the five-sixteenths pole and held off Hit It Rich to win the Sheepshead Bay, a race that was impacted by a troubled start for Mystical Star and Magical Cat.

  • Hamazing Destiny pulls away in the Maryland Sprint Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1855620327&k=WfdNw4S">Order This Photo</a>

    Hamazing Destiny Scores First Stakes Win

    Hamazing Destiny and jockey Corey Nakatani took advantage of a duel between the early leaders before taking the lead at the top of the stretch to win the Maryland Sprint Handicap (gr. III).

  • Maryland Racing Preparing for the Future

    As the Maryland Jockey Club hosts its biggest day of racing this year -- the 137th Preakness Stakes (gr. I)--the state's horse industry is bracing for changes on the horizon that could redefine how racing is conducted.

  • A sunny day awaits fans at Pimlico.

    Preakness Day: Sun Should Draw Fans

    With bright sunshine and a forecast for a high temperature of 80 degrees and little humidity, Preakness Day 2012 is looming as a picture perfect day that should lure a large crowd to Pimlico Race Course.

  • Kent Desormeaux

    Desormeaux Loses Preakness Mount

    After being taken off his mounts at Belmont Park May 18 for running afoul of New York's rule on alcohol impairment, Kent Desormeaux also lost his mount in the May 19 Preakness (gr. I), Tiger Walk.

  • 2012 Kentucky Derby Winner I'll Have Another<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2012-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-138/22650475_kRGdZF#!i=1831523251&k=CrgHdGF">Order This Photo</a>

    O'Neill, Team Still Thinking Triple Crown

    Although he insists he is taking it one race at a time, trainer Doug O'Neill admitted May 16 that he and the others in his team are thinking about the possibility that I'll Have Another could win the Triple Crown this year.

  • Doug O'Neill kissing the Kentucky Derby trophy.
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    Trainer Doug O'Neill: 'It's All Just Surreal'

    As he basked in the glow of winning the Kentucky Derby, trainer Doug O'Neill said the morning of May 6 that he gets "goosebumps" when thinking about the possibility of I'll Have Another becoming the next Triple Crown winner.

  • Record Crowd for 138th Kentucky Derby

    Fortunately for Churchill Downs, the overnight storms that dropped 1 1/4 inches of rain on Louisville, Ky., had moved out of the area in time for the Kentucky Derby, and the result was a record crowd of 165,307.

  • The track was empty the morning of the Derby.

    Storms Lead to Cancellation of CD Training

    With heavy overnight thunderstorms still producing severe lightning on Derby morning, May 5, at Churchill Downs, the Louisville track canceled the limited training that was scheduled to take place between 6-8 a.m. EDT.

  • Successful Dan flies home to win the Alysheba in record time.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=1828943254&k=Wx3hSjv">Order This Photo</a>

    Successful Dan Sizzles in Alysheba Win

    Successful Dan took advantage of a contested early pace and wore down the leaders to set a new Churchill Downs 1 1/16 mile track record while winning the $337,800 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) May 4.

  • Creative Cause<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2012-Triple-Crown/Works/22611108_LR3wcn#!i=1827793064&k=R3QjZ5T">Order This Photo</a>

    Trainer: No Plans to Scratch Creative Cause

    As the rumor mill, fueled by Twitter reports, swirled around Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender Creative Cause the morning of May 4, trainer Mike Harrington said there were no plans to scratch the colt.

  • Believe You Can works towards the Kentucky Oaks.

    Believe You Can Sizzles at Churchill

    Brereton C. Jones' homebred Believe You Can sizzled five furlongs in :58 2/5 over a muddy track at Churchill Downs April 29 as the Proud Citizen filly completed her work for the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Optimizer at Churchill Downs.
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    Lukas Still Hoping Optimizer Can Draw In

    After watching Optimizer work at Churchill Downs April 29, trainer D. Wayne Lukas expressed confidence in the colt's potential in the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • John Velazquez (right) is congratulated by Angel Cordero Jr, after moving into the No. 2 spot among the all-time leading jockeys at Saratoga Race Course.

    Velazquez: Cordero Will Be 'Ecstatic'

    While he is proud to be among the four inductees into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in the class of 2012, jockey John Velazquez said the honor will mean even more to Angel Cordero Jr.

  • Keeneland to Offer Betting at KY Horse Park

    In a move that could lead to similar ventures in the future, Keeneland Association has been approved to set up a drive-through betting window at the Kentucky Horse Park for this year's Kentucky Derby and Oaks.

  • Furosemide, known as Salix or Lasix

    Proposed KY Salix Ban Fails on Split Vote

    An effort to make Kentucky the first state to ban the anti-bleeder medication furosemide for racing purposes failed April 16 when the state's Horse Racing Commission voted 7-7 not to approve it.

  • Dr. Kendall Hansen and Mike Maker

    Hansen: Disappointed Horse's Tail Not Blue

    The co-owner of top 3-year-old colt Hansen said he was willing to go ahead and race his horse in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) with the colt's tail dyed blue in defiance of regulators and incur a fine.