Ron Mitchell

  • Ellis Park

    Ellis Park Has Successful 2012 Meet

    Despite a closing Labor Day weekend that saw the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac inundate western Kentucky with a deluge of rain, Ellis Park concluded its 29-day meet with increases in attendance and handle.

  • The Jockey Club Sanctions Trainer Aguirre

    Trainer Paul Aguirre will be denied all privileges of The American Stud Book for one year (effective Jan. 1, 2013) for altering the foal papers for the horse Doc Can Dance, The Jockey Club announced Aug. 24.

  • Kentucky Tries to Reduce Fatalities

    The veterinary staff of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has added some additional protocols to its operations in an effort to cut down on the number of equine fatalities at the state's tracks.

  • KY Outrider, Trainer Suspended for Deception

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's license review committee has suspended the lead outrider at Keeneland Racecourse for 16 months for his role in training a horse that raced in the name of a licensed trainer.

  • Churchill Increases Kentucky Downs Investment

    Churchill Downs Inc. has invested at least an additional $1 million in Kentucky Downs, the track in South Central Kentucky that has reaped millions in revenues from Instant Racing machines introduced last fall.

  • Racing, Online Wagering Drive CDI Profits

    Due primarily to increased business Kentucky Derby week and continued growth at TwinSpires.com, Churchill Downs Inc. reported an 8% increase in net revenues from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2012.

  • Arlington Park Handle, Purses Spike

    A number of initiatives, including a refocused marketeting plan and working with other Chicago area teams and companies, has led to a resurgence in business at Arlington Park, one of North America's most iconic racetracks.

  • Instant Racing Machine at Kentucky Downs

    Top Court Asked to Hear Instant Racing Case

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and other supporters of Instant Racing have requested that a lawsuit challenging the legality of the machines be heard by the state Supreme Court rather than going back to a lower court.

  • Breeders' Cup 2013 Site Still Being Finalized

    The Breeders' Cup board of directors has settled on a site for the 2013 World Championships, but an announcement of the location may not be forthcoming for several more weeks, according to chairman Tom Ludt.

  • Doug O'Neill

    Trainer O'Neill to Serve 45-Day Suspension

    Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O'Neill said he will drop his appeal of a 45-day suspension in California stemming from a carbon dioxide overage in one of his horses in 2010 and will serve the suspension Aug. 19-Sept. 27.

  • 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.

  • I'll Have Another was the last to arrive at the Belmont Stakes barn.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2012-Triple-Crown/Belmont-Stakes-144/23333063_3WZKbw#!i=1890112655&k=snsBNm5">Order This Photo</a>

    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.