Ron Mitchell

  • KY Drug Testing Changes Showing Benefits

    Decisions by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to have its drug testing performed by new laboratory and to revamp the manner in which it conducted its drug testing are having positive results.

  • First NBC Saratoga Show Draws Over 1 Million

    NBC Sports' broadcast of the July 23 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Saratoga drew an audience of 1.18 million viewers, signaling a successful launch of the NBC Sports Group's "Summer at Saratoga" series.

  • Horsemen to Help Defray Instant Racing Costs

    When Kentucky Downs becomes the first Kentucky track to implement Instant Racing, it will do so with the takeout from the electronic games allocated to purses during the first year being used to help defray startup costs.

  • Churchill Non-Committal on Instant Racing

    The chairman of Churchill Downs Inc. said July 28 that the racetrack and gaming company may not proceed with installation of Instant Racing machines even after pending litigation is finalized, likely some time in 2012.

  • Excited leads the way in the Virginia Oaks.

    An Excited Virginia Oaks Victory

    Michael Tabor's Excited stalked the pace before taking control nearing the eighth pole and edged away for a half-length victory in the Virginia Oaks (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs July 16.

  • Right One gets up late to win the Jaipur Stakes at Belmont.
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    Right One Lives up to Name in Jaipur

    French import Right One lived up to his name as made a late run from the rear and got up in the last jump to nip Yield Bogey in the $100,000 Jaipur Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park July 16.

  • Tornado damage at Churchill Downs

    Churchill Tornado Repairs Moving Along

    Efforts to repair nine barns and the chapel at Churchill Downs heavily damaged by a June 22 tornado are progressing at a rapid pace, with a projected completion date of late August.

  • Quarter Horse Meet in KY Canceled

    Citing a lack of horses, The Red Mile harness track in Lexington received approval July 14 to cancel the two-day Quarter Horse racing scheduled for July 22-23.

  • Corey Johnsen

    Johnsen: Instant Racing to Boost Industry

    The president of Kentucky Downs says action by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission July 14 approving a new form of exotic wagering that uses electronic machines will provide an economic and morale boost to the industry.

  • Hearing Scheduled for Walmac, Owner Lawsuit

    A district court judge has scheduled a hearing for later this month to decide whether a dispute between the two parties that own the stallion Ready's Image will be resolved through the courts or by arbitration.

  • Life At Ten before the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic.

    Veitch, Vets Testify in Life At Ten Case

    The chief state steward overseeing racing in Kentucky and several veterinarians testified June 29 that they saw nothing out of the ordinary with Life At Ten prior to her participation in the Ladies' Classic.

  • John Veitch at the June 28 hearing.

    Veitch Defends Actions in Life At Ten Case

    John Veitch, the chief state steward for Kentucky Thoroughbred racing, defended his actions June 28 during a hearing in connection with Life At Ten's run in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Down

  • Tornado Damage at Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs: 'Miracle' No One Was Hurt

    Officials at Churchill Downs said June 23 it was a miracle no horses or people were injured the previous day when a tornado ripped through a portion of the stable area at the historic track in Louisville.

  • 2012 Breeders' Cup Site Decision Due Soon

    The host site for the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships could be announced before the end of June or in early July, with Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, and Santa Anita the three finalists.

  • Jamgotchian Puts Claiming Rule to the Test

    A horse claimed recently by prominent owner Jerry Jamgotchian will be permitted to race at Penn National Race Course, even though there are rules in Kentucky precluding such horses from being entered at other tracks.

  • CDI chairman Bob Evans

    Diversification Drives CDI's Success

    Though there is no end in sight for the continued declines in North American racing, the newly elected chairman of Churchill Downs Inc. painted a positive picture for the Kentucky-based racetrack and gaming operator.

  • Roman Chapa

    Jockey Chapa Reinstated in New Mexico

    A jockey who was suspended for five years in 2007 for possession of an electrical device has been reinstated to ride by the New Mexico Racing Commission on a probationary basis.

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    Multiple Turf Champ Gio Ponti Tops Manhattan

    Multiple Eclipse Award winner and $5.3 million earner Gio Ponti heads the field of 10 turf specialists that have been entered for the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) on the June 8 Belmont Stakes card.

  • Iowa Trainer's License Revoked by Stewards

    Prairie Meadows stewards have revoked Joseph Nealon's license to "protect the public's health, safety, and welfare and to protect the public from a person who should not hold a trainer's license."

  • Kentucky Claiming Rule to Be Challenged

    Kentucky regulators do not plan to rescind or waive a rule regarding when claimed horses can run in out-of-state races, despite the threat of a lawsuit from prominent owner Jerry Jamgotchian.

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    Shackleford: 'All Indications Are Good'

    The connections of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Shackleford said a decision on the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) will be made after the Forestry colt breezes at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 4.

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    Shake Shack Along for Ride With Shackleford

    After Shackleford won the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the Shake Shack chain gave away about 750 single cups of custard as part of a promotion conceived by company founder and New York restaurateur Danny Meyer.

  • Instant Racing Could Begin Before Ruling

    An attorney for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission said it is possible the state's racetracks could be approved to offer a form of "Instant Racing" before the state's Court of Appeals rules on its legality.

  • Casino, Online Businesses Boost CDI Numbers

    With racing operations continuing to show losses at Churchill Downs Inc., company CEO Bob Evans said May 9 that it would be hard for CDI to justify capital expenditures on racetracks, except in special cases.

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    Derby Week Boosts Churchill's Earnings

    The night-time opening card of the spring meet and the success of Kentucky Derby week at Churchill Downs will likely result in a contribution of between $5-6 million in pre-tax earnings to the company's bottom line for 2011.

  • Graham Motion

    Graham Motion: 'Yesterday Was Surreal'

    The morning after saddling Animal Kingdom to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Graham Motion was still trying to absorb the overwhelming feelings associated with winning America's biggest race.

  • Robby Albarado

    Albarado Suffers Facial Injury in Spill

    Jockey Robby Albarado, who has mounts in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was thrown from his mount prior to the third race at Churchill Downs on May 4.

  • Watch Me Go working at Churchill Downs.

    Watch Me Go Works and Looks for Sunshine

    Trainer Kathleen O'Connell said she hopes the rains that fell on the Louisville, Ky. area this weekend and Monday, May 2, end in time for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).