Ron Mitchell

Ron Mitchell

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Ron Mitchell is the Online Editor for www.bloodhorse.com

  • Larry Best is his own adviser when purchasing Thoroughbreds

    Best Taking Nothing for Granted in Risen Star

    Before making his foray into horse racing with the purchase of two yearlings in 2016 and four 2-year-olds purchased for high-dollar figures last spring, Larry Best dutifully studied the Thoroughbred industry.

  • In his second start and first since April 2017, Army Mule streaks to a 7 1/2-length victory Jan. 31 at Gulfstream Park

    Army Mule's Win Timely for Half Sister Entered in Sale

    Army Mule's scintillating return to competition in near track-record time at Gulfstream Park couldn't have come at a better time for South Point Sales, which is offering the colt's half sister at the Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale next week.

  • Gem of a Violence Filly Shines at OBS

    A yearling filly by Violence sold for $200,000 during the Ocala Breeders' Sales winter mixed sale Jan. 24 exceeded expectations of breeders and consignors Georg and Sharon Maharg.

  • Ocala Breeders' Sales president Tom Ventura said it was "very challenging" to organize the races in the middle of competing meets

    OBS Day of Champions Repositioned on Calendar

    When Ocala Breeders' Sales stages one day of racing Jan. 24, one day prior to its two-day winter mixed sale, the program will consist of eight Quarter Horse events and one race for Thoroughbreds, but will not include the Day of Champions stakes.

  • Ashview Farm's Gray (left) and Bryan (right) Lyster at Keeneland

    Ashview Succeeds With Young, Correct Mares

    While the Ashview Farm of Bryan and Gray Lyster will not be among the leading consignors at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale by gross because they lack the numbers of other vendors, they will rank among the leaders in clearance rate.

  • Champion bullfighter Joaquin Galdos at Keeneland

    Bullfighter Galdos Pursues His Equine Passion

    Standing in the back walking ring at the Keeneland sale pavilion, Joaquin Galdos and his father, Alfredo, were shopping for bloodstock to add to their operation in Peru. While Alfredo is a horseman, his son is a bullfighter in Spain.

  • After the Keeneland January sale, Tom Thornbury will take a new role as a consultant

    Thornbury Transitioning to New Role at Keeneland

    Effective with the conclusion of the January horses of all ages sale, Keeneland's Tom Thornbury will transition from his current position as associate director of sales and take on a new role within the organization as a consultant.

  • Moonshine Bertie and her Speightster filly at the Brandywine Farm consignment at Keeneland

    2018 Foal to Accompany Dam Into Keeneland Ring

    When Moonshine Bertie, consigned as Hip 539 by Jim and Pam Robinson's Brandywine Farm, goes through the ring at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale during the Jan. 9 second session, the mare will be accompanied by her 2018 foal.

  • Mark Taylor expects a solid market at the Keeneland January sale

    Taylor: Market Should Remain Strong in January

    Mirroring the November market, demand for just-turned yearlings should be strong and overall business solid at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, according to Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • A colt by American Pharoah consigned as Hip 303 is shown at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm consignment at Keeneland

    Will 'Pharoah Mania' Continue at Keeneland?

    As buyers braved single-digit temperatures the morning of Jan. 6 to inspect horses entered in the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, some of the most-requested showings were for the short yearlings sired by American Pharoah.

  • Reiley McDonald

    Mrs McDougal Could Be Keeneland Sale Standout

    When the owner of the grade 2-winning mare Mrs McDougal decided last year to retire the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, they and Kentucky horseman Reiley McDonald thought she would be a good fit for the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

  • Boyd Browning

    No Turf Showcase for Fasig-Tipton in 2018

    Fasig-Tipton will not conduct a second Turf Showcase that was held for the first time in 2017 in an effort to fill a niche for an auction designed to offer yearlings more likely to compete on turf based on their breeding or conformational traits.

  • New York Veterinarian Suspended, Fined

    A New York veterinarian has been suspended and fined after he allegedly improperly provided the drug albuterol to a licensed owner without examining the horse and for using a fictitious name of the horse in connection with the incident.

  • Consignors Embrace Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale Changes

    If pre-sale interest is any indication, changes in Fasig-Tipton's Midlantic winter mixed sale that takes place Dec. 5 are resonating with buyers and sellers. Held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md., the sale begins at 11 a.m. ET.

  • Katie Taylor, who manages Bloodstock Investments, went to $200,000 for Hip 1810

    Bloodstock Investments Acquires Carpe Diem Colt

    Bloodstock Investments continued to add to its portfolio of pinhook prospects, going to $200,000 to acquire a colt from the first crop of Carpe Diem during the sixth session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

  • Adrian Regan of Hunter Valley Farm

    Reasonable Reserves Boost Hunter Valley Consignment

    Hunter Valley Farm has had a successful Keeneland November breeding stock sale, ostensibly due to the ability of the Versailles, Ky., nursery to establish reserves that enable the large consignment to have a high turnover rate.

  • Woodford Thoroughbreds' Matt Lyons.

    Tension Tops Keeneland's Fourth Session

    It was the total package: Tension, a young daughter of leading sire Tapit in foal to prominent sire Curlin lit up the Keeneland November breeding stock bid board, going for $750,000 to the account of Woodford Thoroughbreds.

  • Fools In Love brings seven figures during the first session of Book 2 at Keeneland

    $1 Million Bid Secures Fools in Love

    Fools In Love, the dam of recent group 2 winner Seahenge, was knocked down for $1 million to Cheveley Park Stud, the highest price early during the Nov. 9 third session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

  • Twirl was a $3.1 million RNA at the Keeneland November sale

    Twirl a Pricey Buy-Back at Keeneland

    Twirl (IRE), the final horse through the ring during the Nov. 8 second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale represented a large buy-back, failing to sell on a final bid of $3.1 million.

  • Nathan McCauley is at Keeneland to answer questions from prospective buyers about the horses in his father's dispersal

    McCauley Farm Disperses Horses at Keeneland

    After nearly 20 years in the Thoroughbred business, Ron McCauley is dispersing his bloodstock at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale that began Nov. 7. The McCauley horses are being offered without reserve.

  • Horses wait to go through the sales ring outside the crowded Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion

    Considerable Strength Below Top at Fasig-Tipton

    The blockbuster Fasig-Tipton November sale Nov. 6 yielded not only some big-ticket mares, but several others just below the top that could have been sale-toppers in many other venues, including champion female sprinter Finest City.

  • Catch a Glimpse brings a final bid of $3 million Nov. 6 at the Fasig-Tipton November sale

    Japanese Buyers Go to $3 Million for Catch a Glimpse

    Canadian Horse of the Year and millionaire daughter of City Zip sold for $3 million to K I Farm in Japan at the Fasig-Tipton November sale. Catch a Glimpse won seven graded stakes, including two grade 1s, and retired with $1,853,615 in earnings.