Ron Mitchell

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Industry on Notice at Start of Hearings

Industry on Notice at Start of Hearings

Members of a Congressional subcommittee looking into practices of the horse racing and breeding industries began a hearing June 19 with warnings that they need to get their house in order to ward off government involvement.

Churchill Penalized in Derby Gate Case

Churchill Penalized in  Derby Gate Case

Under an agreement with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, Churchill Downs has agreed to pay a $15,000 administrative penalty stemming from actions involving an assistant starter at this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

94,476 Attend Belmont; Handle Soars

94,476 Attend Belmont; Handle Soars

The New York Racing Association reported that 94,476 were on hand under sunny skies on a sweltering day at Belmont Park June 7 to witness yet another Triple Crown upset, with longshot Da' Tara going wire to wire in the 140th Belmont Stakes (gr. I). The victory ended heavily favored Big Brown's attempt to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Injured Casino Drive Out of Belmont

Injured Casino Drive Out of Belmont

About an hour after giving the all-clear for Casino Drive to run in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), trainer Kazuo Fujisawa said the colt was favoring his left rear hoof and was scratched from the classic.

On Schedule With Casino Drive

On Schedule With Casino Drive

Casino Drive, the son of Mineshaft who is expected to provide some of the stiffest competition to Big Brown in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), follows a daily routine that raises eyebrows on the backstretch of Belmont Park but is consistent with how he is trained in Japan.

Desormeaux Pitches Belmont to Mets Fans

Desormeaux Pitches Belmont to Mets Fans

Kent Desormeaux showed Sunday night that his ability to get the most out of a racehorse is not the only talent he has retained from his youth. The jockey displayed good form when throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at New York's Shea Stadium prior to the June 1 night game between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Big Brown Draws Post Position 7

Big Brown Draws Post Position 7

Undefeated Big Brown will break from post position 7 as the 1-2 favorite in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) as the colt will attempt to duplicate his impressive victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Biancone, KHRA Square Off in Court

Biancone, KHRA Square Off in Court

Attorneys for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority and Patrick Biancone appeared before a Circuit Court judge May 14 and presented their arguments in the latest saga involving the controversial trainer.

Biancone Seeks to Block KHRA Hearing

Biancone Seeks to Block KHRA Hearing

Attorneys for Patrick Biancone have filed suit seeking to block a hearing by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority into whether he violated terms of an agreement reached with the regulatory agency after the prohibited substance cobra venom was found in a cooler at the trainer's Keeneland barn.

Magna Loss Soars in First Quarter

Magna Loss Soars in First Quarter

Despite mounting losses and lack of investor confidence, executives of racetrack operator Magna Entertainment remain confident the company's fortunes can be reversed.

Mott Horses on Track

Mott Horses on Track

Concerned about forecasts for rain in upcoming days, trainer Bill Mott worked his two contenders for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on Sunday, April 27.

Proud Spell to Oaks Only

Proud Spell to Oaks Only

Former Kentucky Gov. Brereton C. Jones said April 27 that Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) winner Proud Spell would be pointed only to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and not the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Jan. Sale: Strength in Right Places

Jan. Sale: Strength in Right Places

As Keeneland Association concluded its January Horses of All Ages sale Jan. 13 with double-digit increases in median (12.7%) and average (20.6%) prices, sales company officials continued to sound warning signals about the overall health of the breeding industry.

One Steroids Test Requested at Sale

One Steroids Test Requested at Sale

Though Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale was the first to be conducted under new policies allowing buyers the right to request testing for exogenous anabolic steroids in weanling and yearling purchases, there was only one such request made during the seven-day auction at which almost 1,500 horses were sold.

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