Ron Mitchell

  • Havre de Grace

    Havre de Grace Will Not Defend Apple Blossom

    Saying that weight assignments for the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) were "unfair," owner Rick Porter and trainer Larry Jones will bypass the April 13 race at Oaklawn Park with Horse of the Year Havre de Grace.

  • Donna Ward

    Ethics Panel Issues Opinion on Ward, KHRC

    An ethics panel has said that Donna Ward can continue to train horses in Kentucky but not race them at tracks in the state once her husband, John Ward, becomes executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

  • Mr Prankster at Turfway Park.

    Good News in Kentucky on Racing Safety

    When the equine medical director for Kentucky gave her monthly report at the March 14 meeting, it showed only one fatality since Dec. 1 at Turfway Park, the only track in the state conducting live racing during the period.

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs to Build 'The Mansion'

    Calling it a "tease" with details to follow later, Churchill Downs Inc. chairman and CEO Robert Evans said March 13 the company plans to construct "The Mansion" at its flagship track in Louisville.

  • John Veitch

    Veitch Seeks Reinstatement as KY Steward

    John Veitch, the Hall of Fame trainer who was fired from his position as chief racing steward in Kentucky, has filed legal documents seeking to be reinstated and to have a one-year suspension imposed on him lifted.

  • March 31 Secretariat Event May Be Moved

    Organizers of a March 31 event to celebrate the birthday of legendary Secretariat and the 40th anniversary of Riva Ridge's Kentucky Derby Kentucky are scrambling to find a new location after The Meadow Event Place closed.

  • ADW Providers Defend Business Practices

    Representatives of eight advance deposit wagering companies seeking licenses to do business in Kentucky appeared before a racing commission subcommittee Feb. 29 to answer questions about their applications.

  • Secret Circle wins the second division of the Southwest Stakes.

    Secret Circle Gives Baffert a Southwest Sweep

    A game Secret Circle outdueled Scatman in the stretch to win the second division of the $250,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III), giving trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Rafael Bejarano a sweep of the President's Day features.

  • Cast Away in the Southwest First Division

    Castaway Rolls in Southwest First Division

    Castaway, the least experienced of two Bob Baffert trainees shipped to Oaklawn Park for the two divisions of the Southwest Stakes (gr. III), rolled to a convincing 3 3/4-length triumph in the first division.

  • Hansen (right) and Union Rags are among the 397 horses nominated to the Triple Crown.
<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9757125%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Triple Crown Nominations Soar

    Headed by 2-year-old champion male Hansen, 397 horses were nominated to the Triple Crown series before the Jan. 21 early nomination deadline, representing a 9.1% increase over the 364 during the 2011 early nominating period.

  • Rachel Alexandra

<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9802072%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Alexandra Returns to Stonestreet

    Rachel Alexandra and her Curlin colt returned to Stonestreet Farm Jan. 30 after being treated at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital as a precautionary measure for pain management related to the birth.

  • Lemon Drop Kid Shareholder Files Lawsuit

    KNC Investments, an entity managed by California owner Jerry Jamgotchian, has filed another lawsuit against Lane's End Stallions in connection with the management of the stallion Lemon Drop Kid.

  • Black Jack Blues in the Grand National Steeplechase.

<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9715451%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Blues' is Named Steeplechase Champion

    When contenders for champion steeplechaser of 2011 were announced, Irvin S. Naylor was assured he would take home the Eclipse Award statuette because he owned all three finalists.

  • King and Crusader finished first in the Maryland Juvenile Championship, but has been disqualified.

    Dutrow Horse DQ'd From Stakes Win

    A horse trained by Rick Dutrow Jr. has been disqualified from a stakes victory at Laurel Park because he was administrated Salix within two hours of the race, a violation of Maryland racing rules.

  • Mr. Commons wins the Sir Beaufort.

    Smith Guides Mr. Commons to Sir Beaufort Win

    Under a heady ride from Mike Smith, Mr. Commons split horses in the stretch and drew off to a convincing 3 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes (gr. IIT) on the Dec. 26 opening day card at Santa Anita.

  • The Factor wins the Malibu Stakes.

    The Factor Cruises in Malibu Stakes

    Fog City Stable and George Bolton's The Factor zipped to a decisive victory in the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) before a crowd of 44,579 on the Dec. 26 opening day card at Santa Anita.

  • John Veitch

    Hearing Officer Rules Against Veitch

    A hearing officer has concluded that former Kentucky chief steward John Veitch violated five rules of racing in his handling of the Life At Ten incident during the 2010 Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • Meyocks Offers to Meet With CDI Executives

    A dispute between the Jockeys' Guild and Churchill Downs Inc. over a contract continued Dec. 7, with guild national general manager Terry Meyocks offering to meet with CDI representatives "any time and any place."

  • Royal Delta

<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9728798%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Royal Delta Reunited With Trainer Mott

    Royal Delta, the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) winner who later sold for $8.5 million, is back with trainer Bill Mott after spending some time at owner Benjamin Leon Jr.'s farm.

  • Churchill Downs

    Churchill Fall Meet Handle Declines

    Total wagering during the recently concluded 21-day fall meet at Churchill Downs fell 3.9%, with a large portion of the difference coming during the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • John Veitch

    Veitch Appeals Dismissal as KY Chief Steward

    John Veitch, who was dismissed Nov. 28 from his position as chief steward for the state of Kentucky, has filed an appeal of the action by the Public Protection Cabinet, contending he was improperly dismissed.

  • John Veitch

    KY Steward Veitch Dismissed; No Cause Given

    John Veitch, chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission who was the subject of an investigation into the Life At Ten situation during the 2010 Breeders' Cup, was dismissed from his position Nov. 28.

  • Royal Delta was purchased by Ben Leon's Besilu Stables for $8.5 million to conclude the Nov. 8 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

    Besilu Buys Royal Delta for $8.5 Million

    Likely Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta (by Empire Maker) was purchased by Ben Leon's Besilu Stables for $8.5 million at the Nov. 8 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

  • Love Me Only sold for $2.1 million during the Nov. 8 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

    Love Me Only Brings $2.1 Million at Keeneland

    Frank and Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm paid $2.1 million for the Sadler's Wells mare Love Me Only, consigned as Hip No. 383 by Eaton Sales, during the Nov. 8 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

  • Camargue was purchased for $1,650,000 during the Nov. 8 session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

    Camargue Second Mare to Bring Seven Figures

    Prominent owner-breeder Frank Stronach went to $1,650,000 to purchase Camargue, an unraced Mineshaft mare in foal to Street Sense, during the Nov. 8 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

  • Joseph O'Brien brings St Nicholas Abbey home in the Breeders' Cup Turf.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9729110%26ref%3Dstory">Or

    O'Briens Team Up to Win Breeders' Cup Turf

    Eighteen-year-old Joseph O'Brien rode St Nicholas Abbey (by Montjeu) to a driving win in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs for his father, trainer Aidan O'Brien.

  • Fravel: Enhancing the Cup Experience

    Noting that it is a "world championship event and it ought to be at a world championship venue," Breeders' Cup president and CEO Craig Fravel said track enhancements will play a role in the selection of future sites.

  • Cup Pre-Race Jockey Interviews to be Allowed

    New policies in place at this year's Breeders' Cup as a result of the Life At Ten incident in 2010 will still allow pre-race television interviews with jockeys immediately prior to the start of a World Championship race.