Ron Mitchell

  • Hip 490 by Uncle Mo

    Speedy Conclusion to F-T Under Tack Show

    Either the track at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic was playing faster or the horses were just faster as the under tack show for the May 23-24 sale of 2-year-olds in training concluded May 19 with five of the eight fastest clockings.

  • A colt from the first crop of Mission Impazible worked a quarter-mile in :21 3/5.

    Colts Equal Fastest Breezes at F-T Midlantic

    A Harlan's Holiday colt breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 and a colt from the first crop of Mission Impazible worked a quarter-mile in :21 3/5 to top the May 18 under tack show workouts for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Keith Desormeaux, trainer of Exaggerator at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2016.

    Desormeaux, Baffert Trying to Defeat Nyquist

    Trainer Keith Desormeaux has had two horses who are combined 0-for-8 against undefeated champion Nyquist but that isn’t stopping him from taking another shot May 21 with Exaggerator in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Nyquist

    Nyquist Will Be Saddled Indoors for Preakness

    When Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist prepares for the second leg of the Triple Crown in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), his trainer will saddle the Uncle Mo colt in the inside paddock rather than on the turf course.

  • Hip 185, a Gone Astray filly, worked an eighth of a mile in :10.

    F-T Under Tack Show Works Begin in Rain

    With steady rain falling, the under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale began May 17, with two juveniles sharing the top eighth of a mile workout time of :10 and four equaling the best quarter-mile time of :21 3/5.

  • Kentucky Derby 142 trophy

    Drug Tests Clear for Derby, Oaks Horses

    According to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, all participants in this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) have tested negative for any prohibited substances.

  • Collected, bound for Preakness.

    Collected Works Way Into Preakness Field

    Speedway Stable’s multiple grade III winner Collected punched his ticket to the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) when he breezed seven furlongs in 1:24 4/5 over a track labeled “good” May 13 at Churchill Downs.

  • New York Veterinarian Fined, Suspended

    The New York State Gaming Commission has levied a $2,500 fine and 20-day suspension against veterinarian Carl E. Juul-Nielsen for falsifying veterinarian records for the horse Street Shark, who was scratched from the first race at Aqueduct March 19.

  • Other Trainers Impressed with Nyquist

    Trainers of some of the horses that finished behind Reddam Racing’s Nyquist in the champion colt’s May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) said Sunday morning they were impressed with what they saw the previous day.

  • John Servis (left) celebrates Oaks victory May 6

    Servis: To Win Derby, Oaks Is 'Incredible'

    John Servis, who saddled Cathryn Sophia to win the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), said it's unbelievable that he could add the filly classic to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) he captured with the popular Smarty Jones in 2004.

  • Nyquist, Doug O'Neill, and the Stanley Cup.

    Stanley Cup Pays Visit to O’Neill Barn

    Representatives of the National Hockey League were on the backstretch at Churchill Downs the morning of May 7 and had Nyquist, favored for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) later in the day, pose with the Stanley Cup trophy.

  • Majestic Harbor wins the Alysheba Stakes (gr. II)

    Majestic Harbor Springs Alysheba Upset

    Jockey Corey Lanerie and 13-1 shot Majestic Harbor made a steady rally on the outside rounding the second turn and put away a stiff stretch challenge to win the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) by 2 1/2 lengths at Churchill Downs.

  • Routine, Quiet Oaks Morning on Backside

    It was a routine, quiet morning in the stable area of Churchill Downs May 6, with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) entrants on the track early for their routine exercise.

  • Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy - D' Wildcat Speed, by Forest Wildcat) sets a new track record, while breaking her maiden at Keeneland on April 21, 2016

    Lady Aurelia Awaits Queen Mary at Ascot

    Lady Aurelia, impressive track record-setter at Keeneland in her career debut, was scratched from the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs May 5 to await the Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot.

  • Lani Breezes in Final Derby Preparation

    Koji Maeda’s Lani turned in the only work of the day by Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders May 3 when the Japanese-owned and –trained colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01.

  • Creator works at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2016, in Louisville, Ky.

    Creator Turns in Final Kentucky Derby Breeze

    With WinStar Farm owner Kenny Troutt looking on, Arkansas Derby (gr. I) winner Creator breezed four furlongs in :50 3/5 at Churchill Downs the morning of May 2 in his final workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Jaramillo Named to Ride Majesto in Derby

    Majesto, the runner-up to champion Nyquist in the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I), will be ridden by Emisael Jaramillo, the all-time leading rider in Venezuela, in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Nyquist trains at Keeneland April 22, 2016

    Nyquist Another Big Score for Dennis O'Neill

    When the auctioneer at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-olds in training sale at Gulfstream Park dropped the hammer on Hip 87 at $400,000, Dennis O'Neill was pleasantly surprised that he was the buyer of the colt named Nyquist.

  • Nyquist and trainer Doug O'Neill arrive at Churchill Downs April 30

    Nyquist Ships to Churchill Day After Work

    Trainer Doug O’Neill said Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite Nyquist “looked good and sound” April 30, a day after his one-mile breeze at Keeneland in his final prep for the May 7 classic and his van trip to Churchill Downs.

  • Brody's Cause, with Tammy Fox, works April 30 at Churchill

    Romans' Derby Pair Breezes at Churchill

    Although only one of his horses is currently among the 20 horses with sufficient points for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Dale Romans sent Brody’s Cause and Cherry Wine out for workouts the morning of April 30.

  • Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra side by side
created by Adam Spradling

    Asmussen, Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta in HOF

    Steve Asmussen and Rachel Alexandra, the great mare he trained to Horse of the Year honors, as well as Horse of the Year Zenyatta and jockey Ramon Dominguez have been selected for induction this year into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.

  • Hip 1214, a Quality Road-Over Andover filly topped the April 22 session at $775,000.

    OBS April Sale Nearly Even With 2015

    Topped by a Quality Road filly sold for $775,000, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training concluded April 22 with a slight decline overall in gross, and record average and median prices.

  • Hip 1127, a Ghostzapper-Mighty Eros filly sold for $720,000.

    Ghostzapper Filly Sells for $720,000

    With Donato Lanni signing the ticket, a Ghostzapper filly was acquired by Susan Chu’s Baoma Corporation for $720,000 at the final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training April 22.

  • Trainer Mark Casse.

    Another Colonel John for Mark Casse

    Mark Casse signed on behalf of EastWest Stable for a filly by Colonel John for $375,000 during the April 22 final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April spring 2-year-olds in training sale.

  • Tapit Colt Late OBS Withdrawal

    The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April spring 2-year-olds in training sale lost some of its star power during the April 22 closing session when Hip 1102, a striking Tapit colt, was a late withdrawal.

  • Session-topping Broken Vow colt.

    $1.2 Million Broken Vow Colt Tops OBS Session

    An attractive Broken Vow colt owned by a partnership group headed by Billy Koch of Little Red Father Racing Club was sold for $1.2 million April 21 to top the penultimate session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April 2-year-olds in training sale.

  • Son of Candy Ride Brings $875,000 at OBS

    A Candy Ride ridgling was purchased by Dennis O’Neill on behalf of Paul Reddam for $875,000 to bring the highest price thus far at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. April sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Hip 564, a colt by Gemologist, was the sale topper April 20 at $550,000.

    Big Day for Freshman Sires at OBS

    Offspring of freshman sires Gemologist and Overdriven topped the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April 2-year-olds in training sale April 20 during a session in which gross, average, and median prices declined from the comparable sale date a year ago.

  • Gemologist Colt Goes for $550,000

    A colt from the first crop of Gemologist was sold for $550,000 to agent David Ingordo and trainer Peter Eurton for an undisclosed client during the April 20 session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2-year-olds in training sale.

  • Hip 517, an Overdriven colt, sold for $525,000.

    Overdriven Colt Lights Up OBS Bid Board

    The O’Farrell family’s Ocala Stud hit another home run at the April 20 second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training sale, going to $525,000 for Hip 517, a colt from the first crop of Overdriven.

  • Hip 469, a Speightstown filly, sold for $440,000.

    Rice Acquires Speightstown Filly for $440,000

    Trainer Linda Rice went to $440,000 to acquire a Speightstown filly from the Wavertree Stables consignment during the April 20 second day of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • High Cotton Filly New OBS Topper

    A filly by High Cotton was purchased by Mike Ryan for $400,000 to become the new sale-topper at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • OBS Sale Opens on Strong Note

    Topped by an Into Mischief colt bought by Spendthrift Farm for $335,000, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April sale of 2-year-olds in training began on a strong note April 19, with across-the-board increases in gross, average, and median prices.

  • OBS Offers Sale With Broad Appeal

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s April sale of 2-year-olds in training has come a long way over the last five years and in some quarters is the best juvenile sale in country.

  • OBS Under Tack Sessions Conclude

    The under tack show for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training came to a conclusion Saturday, April 16, with two more horses equaling the quarter-mile fastest time of :20 4/5 for a quarter mile.

  • Hip 836, a filly by Majestic Warrior

    Three Share Fastest OBS Work Times

    Three juveniles shared the eighth of a mile fastest time of :09 4/5 during the April 15 fifth set of under tack workouts for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2016 spring sale of 2-year-olds in training sale.

  • Nyquist Breezes Five Furlongs at Keeneland

    In his first workout since his impressive Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) victory April 2, Reddam Racing’s champion Nyquist breezed five furlongs in 1:02 3/5 at Keeneland the morning of April 15 .

  • Hip 790, Shackleford-Xpressive Diva works  20.2 at the OBS Sale in Ocala FL April 14, 2016

    Shackleford Colt Flashes Speed in OBS Work

    During the April 14 under tack session for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co’s spring 2-year-olds in training sale, a son of Shackleford breezed a quarter-mile in :20 2/5, the fastest at the distance so far during the first four of six workout sessions.

  • Fastest OBS Under Tack Times Equaled

    The third day of six under tack show workout sessions leading up to the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April spring sale of 2-year-olds in training resulted in horses equaling the fastest times set the previous two days.

  • Are You Kidding Me was honored last weekend with a Sovereign Award as outstanding older male in Canada .

    Are You Kidding Me, Noble Bird Top Ben Ali

    Are You Kidding Me, who was honored with a Sovereign Award last weekend as champion Canadian older horse for 2015, and grade I winner Noble Bird top the 10-horse field for the $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland April 16.