Ron Mitchell

  • Two-Pronged Attack by Fawkes in Sprint

    Harold Queen's homebred Big Drama was made the 5-2 morning line favorite to repeat in the Nov. 5 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). He'll break from post 8 in a field of 9.

  • Havre de Grace working at Churchill Downs 10/31/2011.

    'Grace' Works Five Furlongs in Final Prep

    Havre de Grace went through her final exercise regimen for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) on the morning of Oct. 31, breezing five furlongs in 1:02, 13th fastest work of the day among 30 working the distance.

  • To Honor and Serve works at Churchill Downs 10/30/2011. 

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    Mott Beams After Oct. 30 Workouts

    Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was beaming Oct. 30 after watching two of his entrants in the Breeders' Cup World Championships turn in impressive workouts at Churchill Downs.

  • Havre de Grace galloping at Churchill Downs 10/30/2011.

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    Jones: Havre de Grace to Run Again in 2012

    Rick Porter's Havre de Grace, the 4-year-old filly seeking to earn a Horse of the Year title with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will remain in training in 2012, according to trainer Larry Jones.

  • Aruna worked five furlongs in 1:03 1/5 at Churchill Downs.
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    Motion Leaning Toward Turf Race for Aruna

    After watching Flaxman Holdings' homebred Aruna work at Churchill Downs Oct. 29, trainer Graham Motion said he was leaning toward running the 4-year-old filly in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).

  • Kentucky Purse Regulation Will Be Reviewed

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will review a regulation that permits tracks to withhold all purses from a day of racing when there is a suspicious post-race test for any horse racing that day.

  • Lisa Underwood

    2012 Kentucky Racing Dates Approved

    With only a slight modification from the original proposal approved previously by a committee, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Oct. 24 unanimously OK'd 2012 racing dates for the state's racetracks.

  • Lisa Underwood

    Underwood to Step Down from KHRC Post

    Lisa Underwood said Oct. 24 she will step down as executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to take a job with Wyatt, Tarrant, and Combs, a law firm for which she had worked previously.

  • Geary: Ellis Park Could Lure Casino Customers

    The president of Ellis Park said Oct. 24 he believes implementation of Instant Racing could attract some of the customers in the area who have been whetting their gambling appetite at a nearby Indiana casino.

  • BHA Amends New Whip Rules After Outcry

    Following an outcry from jockeys, the British Horseracing Authority has amended rules that result in disciplinary measures for jockeys using their whips more than five times inside the final furlong of a flat race.

  • Ellis Park

    Ellis Park Wants 252 Instant Racing Terminals

    Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., has submitted an application for regulatory approval to conduct Instant Racing, stipulating that it would use more than 13,200 square feet of its facility to house 252 gaming terminals.

  • Here Comes Frazier

    Successful Surgery for Here Comes Frazier

    Surgery Oct. 13 on promising 2-year-old colt Here Comes Frazier to correct a multi-piece fracture of the right hock was successful and the prognosis is good the son of Badge of Silver could eventually return to competition.

  • A. U. Miner in the Greenwood Cup.

    A. U. Miner DQ'd from Greenwood Cup Win

    A.U. Miner, who earned a second automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. II) by virtue of winning the Greenwood Cup at Parx Racing, has been disqualified from the first-place purse earned in that July 16 victory.

  • Both Sides Aired in Lemon Drop Kid Case

    A disagreement between a shareholder in the stallion Lemon Drop Kid and Lane's End Stallions was aired in federal court in Lexington on Oct. 12, with U.S. District Judge Jennifer B. Coffman delaying a ruling.

  • Churchill Downs will race 59 days in 2012.

    KY Dates Requests Generate Discussion

    The frustrations of those involved in Kentucky horse racing surfaced Oct. 11 when a Kentucky Horse Racing Commission committee considered requests for 2012 racing dates from the state's racetracks.

  • Salix

    Little Opposition to KY Drug Rule Changes

    If the tepid response at an Oct. 10 meeting at Keeneland is any indication, horsemen have little or no opposition to stiffer medication guidelines being considered by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

  • Life At Ten

    Life At Ten Officially Retired

    Life At Ten, the star-crossed multiple grade I winner whose career will likely be best remembered for a race she did not win, has been retired following a last-place finish in the $350,000 Beldame Stakes (gr. I).

  • Cape Blanco won the Arlington Million on August 13.

    Quality Over Quantity in Turf Classic

    Cape Blanco and Teaks North, both two-time grade I winners on turf this year, headline a star-studded six-horse field for the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT).

  • Frank Stronach

    Stronach's Adena Springs Buying 'New Blood'

    Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm is buying yearlings to replenish bloodstock holdings that have been diminished due to a selloff by the farm, acquiring yearlings priced between $8,000 and $1.34 million at Keeneland.

  • 'Listed' Races to Face Annual Quality Review

    The group that oversees black-type status for sales catalogs in the U.S. and Canada has announced that "Listed" races will be reviewed on an annual basis to determine if any should be downgraded, based on quality.

  • Keeneland September Sale

    Keeneland Yearling Sale Surpasses 2010 Total

    Any questions about whether the Keeneland September yearling sale would have staying power beyond the first week were answered Sept. 19 when the auction's receipts went beyond the entire 2010 sale gross.

  • Hip #957; colt, Awesome Again-Legs Lawlor by Unbridled, brought $1.35 million at the Keeneland September yearling sale's fifth session.

    Awesome Again Colt Goes for $1.35 Million

    Frank Stronach's Adena Springs went to $1.35 million to buy an Awesome Again-Legs Lawlor colt (Hip No. 957) from Greenwood Lodge Farm as the second seven-figure offering during the Keeneland yearling sale's fifth session.

  • Hip #941; filly, Unbridled's Song-Lady of Choice by Storm Bird, was purchased for $1.3 million during the Sept. 15 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

    $1.3 Million Unbridled's Song Filly to Leon

    Benjamin Leon Jr. spent $1.3 million for an Unbridled's Song--Lady of Choice filly (Hip No. 941) from Dromoland Farm's consignment. The filly was the first seven-figure horse sold during Keeneland September's fifth session.

  • Hip #730, colt; Tapit-Don'tellmichelle, by Regal Classic, brought $650,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 14.

    Kellys Buy Tapit Colt for $650,000

    Jon and Sarah Kelly went to $650,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 14 to purchase a colt by Tapit--Don'tellmichelle, by Regal Classic, from the consignment of Gainesway Farm.

  • Hip #565; colt, Bernardini -- Ava Knowsthecode by Cryptoclearance brought $625,000 on Sept. 14 during the fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

    $625,000 Bernardini Colt at Keeneland Sale

    A Bernardini--Ava Knowsthecode colt consigned by Valkyre Stud as Hip No. 565 was bought by John Ferguson for $625,000 during the early portion of the Sept. 14 fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Hip #469, colt; Medaglia d'Oro -- Violent Beauty, by Gone West, brought $600,000 during the third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 13.

    Medaglia d'Oro Colt Brings $600,000

    A Medaglia d'Oro -- Violent Beauty, by Gone West, colt (Hip No. 469) was purchased by Black Rock Stable for $600,000 from the Hill 'n' Dale Sales consignment during the third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Awesome Again Colt Sells for $510,000

    Bluegrass Hall Farm purchased an Awesome Again-Tizso, by Cee's Tizzy, colt (Hip No. 426) for $510,000 from the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment during the third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 13.

  • Evans Dispersal Horses Shine at Keeneland

    Mike Ryan, acting as agent on behalf of an unnamed client, purchased a Medaglia d'Oro colt for $470,000, the highest priced colt so far during the Sept. 13 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Hip #307, filly; Bernardini - Silk n' Sapphire by Smart Strike brings $1.2 million at the Keeneland September sale on Sept. 13.

    Leon Pays $1.2 Million for Bernardini Filly

    Benjamin Leon Jr.'s Besilu Stable went to $1.2 million to acquire a Bernardini filly (Hip No. 307, consigned by Valkyre Stud) produced from the Smart Strike mare Silk n' Sapphire at Keeneland's September yearling sale.

  • Hip 147 sold for $750,000 during session 2 of the Keeneland September Sale.

    Irish Agent McCormack Buys Street Cry Colt

    A Street Cry colt from the family of Horse of the Year Zenyatta was purchased by Irish bloodstock John McCormack for $750,000 during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Hip 116 sold for $1 Million dollars during session 2 of the Keeneland September Sale.

    Unbridled's Song Filly Brings $1 Million

    It did not take long for the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale to reach the seven-figure mark, with Mandy Pope paying $1 million for a gray/roan filly by Unbridled's Song out of Silvery Swan.

  • Hip 55 sold for $650,000 during the Keeneland September Sale.

    Ferguson Buys Street Sense Filly for $650,000

    One of the top-priced horses sold at the Sept. 11 opening session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, a Street Sense filly sold for $650,000, came from the dispersal of the late Prince Saud bin Khaled.

  • Hip 42 sold for $725,00 at the Keeneland September Sale.

    Shadwell Gets Dynaformer Colt for $725,000

    A Dynaformer colt produced from a grade III winning mare was purchased by Shadwell Estate Company from the Three Chimneys consignment for $725,000 during the first day of the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington.

  • Hip 43 sold for $875,000 at the Keeneland September Sale.

    Coolmore Buys Bernardini Colt for $875,000

    A Bernardini colt was purchased by the Coolmore Stud camp for $875,000 from the Bluewater Sales consignment to highlight the first half of the first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Tab in Life At Ten Case Exceeds $100,000

    A probe into Life At Ten's performance in last year's Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic and subsequent hearings into whether chief steward John Veitch violated any racing rules has cost the parties involved more than $100,000.

  • Kentucky Downs

    KY Downs' Instant Racing to be First Class

    The president of Kentucky Downs said the track is nearing completion of work needed to implement a form of Instant Racing and that it will be a "first class" operation and that the opening date will be announced soon.

  • 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.