Ron Mitchell

  • The Mercer County farm where 43 horses were allegedly abandoned

    Probe Into Abandoned Horses Continues

    A day after 43 charges of second-degree animal cruelty were filed against Charles Borell and his trainer daughter Maria, investigators with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture continued to work on identifying and locating owners of the horses.

  • Maria Borell, left, and Chuck Borell

    Borells Charged With Animal Cruelty

    Officials with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture on June 29 charged Charles "Chuck" and Maria Borell with 43 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals in connection with the abandonment of horses in Central Kentucky.

  • TAA Ready to Assist With Abandoned Horses

    When state and local officials in Kentucky earlier in the week intervened in a case, in which 43 horses had apparently been abandoned with some in poor health condition, they did not have to look far to find assistance in dealing with the situation.

  • A for sale sign at the front entrance of the Mercer County, Ky. farm where starving horses are located

    Kentucky Neglect Case Under Investigation

    As authorities worked to see who is responsible for a case of neglected horses in Central Kentucky, individuals within the horse industry are marshaling forces to help ensure the care of the animals and make attempts to have the horses relocated.

  • Too Early to Gauge 'Brexit' Effect on Sales

    Management of two major U.S. equine sales companies say it is too early to tell if the 52%-48% vote in favor of Great Britain exiting the European Union and the resulting drop in currency values will impact upcoming North American yearling sales.

  • Hip 926, a colt by City Zip, brought $800,000.

    Record-Priced City Zip Colt Tops OBS Sale

    Topped by a sale record $800,000 City Zip colt purchased by Frank Fletcher Racing, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale ended on a strong note June 17.

  • OBS June 2016 Hip 866 Into Mischief - Simple Symphony

    Into Mischief Filly Tops Third OBS Session

    For the second day in a row, a telephone bid secured the topper at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s June sale, when John Fort went to $250,000 to buy an Into Mischief filly during a session that saw numbers continue to spiral downward.

  • 1026—f., Majesticperfection—Undervalued, by Cox’s Ridge

    Fastnet Rock Colt on Offer at OBS Day 4

    A colt by Fastnet Rock has generated a lot of interest leading up to the June 17 final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age, and is one of the top hips to watch during the session.

  • Hip 761, a Tapit colt

    Tapit Colt One to Watch on Day 3 of OBS Sale

    The final 2-year-old by leading sire Tapit being offered at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale is scheduled to go through the ring during the June 16 third session.

  • War Front filly was highest price on second day of OBS auction

    War Front Filly Shines at OBS Juvenile Sale

    A bid made via a transatlantic phone call from Royal Ascot by Justin Casse to secure a War Front filly for $425,000 topped the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale.

  • Hip 476 by Uncle Mo brought $350,000

    Two Big-Priced Horses Sell at OBS

    In quick succession, two horses sold for $350,000 and $370,000 during the second session of the ongoing Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale.

  • Justin Casse buys the only War Front juvenile entered in the OBS June sale.

    War Front Filly Lights Up OBS Bid Board

    Bidding by phone from Royal Asccot in England, Justin Casse, as agent, bought a well-bred War Front filly for $425,000 during the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age.

  • Hip 69, a filly by Stay Thirsty, brought $180,000.

    Stay Thirsty Filly Tops OBS June Sale Opener

    Topped by a filly from the first crop of Stay Thirsty, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale began June 14 with across-the-board declines when compared with the same session a year ago.

  • Hip 69 by Stay Thirsty sold for $180,000

    Juveniles by Freshman Sires Popular at OBS

    Juveniles by freshman sires Bodemeister and Stay Thirsty were sold for highest prices early during the June 14 first session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale.

  • OBS Sales Grounds

    OBS Proceeding With Pavilion Makeover

    Although details have yet to be worked out, by this time next year the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. will be well on its way to having a newly refurbished sale pavilion that is about 30% larger and will have about 25% fewer seats.

  • Hip 215 works under tack at OBS June 6.

    Fast Colts Top OBS Horses to Watch List

    If the speediest horses bring the highest prices, then the June 14 first session should get the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.'s June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age off to a fast start.

  • Celestine wins June 11 Just a Game Stakes

    Celestine's Win Timely for OBS June Sale

    Celestine, winner of the June 11 Longines Just a Game Stakes (gr. IT), went through the ring at the 2014 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age, which will be held this week.

  • Creator and Irad Ortiz Jr.

    Belmont Stakes Handle Takes a Dip

    With no Triple Crown on the line this year, betting on the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (gr. I) was well off the 2015 figure when American Pharoah capped his historic run.

  • Flintshire powers home to win the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes

    Flintshire Impresses in Manhattan Victory

    Juddmonte Farms’ globe-trotting Flintshire displayed his brilliant turn of foot in the stretch to post a 1 3/4-length victory over Ironicus in the $1 million Woodford Reserve Manhattan Stakes (gr. IT) on the June 11 Belmont Stakes undercard.

  • Pure Sensation Scorches Jaipur Field

    Patricia Generazio’s homebred Pure Sensation sizzled gate to wire in a course-record time of 1:06.76 for six furlongs to take the Jaipur Invitational Stakes (gr. IIIT) over another Generazio homebred, Disco Partner, at Belmont Park June 11.

  • Hip 1026, a filly by Majesticperfection, breezed a quarter-mile in :20 4/5

    Majesticperfection Filly Tops Under Tack Show

    The under tack show for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale came to an end June 10, with a Majesticperfection filly breezing a quarter-mile in :20 4/5, co-fastest during six days of workouts.

  • Shakhimat

    Shakhimat Tops Six-Horse Plate Trial Field

    Shakhimat, the winter book favorite for the Queen’s Plate for Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield, tops the six-horse field for the July 12 $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes at 1 1/8 miles over the Tapeta all-weather track at Woodbine Racetrack.

  • Hip 940 works at the OBS under tack show

    Seven Share Fastest OBS Eighth-Mile Work Time

    The penultimate under tack session June 9 for next week’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training sale once again resulted in a handful of juveniles sharing the day’s fastest times for both the eighth-mile and quarter-mile breezes.

  • Hip 745, Thisone’sfor Ang, a filly by Cool Coal Man—Raphaela, was one of those who worked an eighth in :10.

    Wavertree Juveniles Shine at Under Tack Show

    The under tack show for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale continued with seven horses sharing the fastest time of the day of :10 for an eighth of a mile and three going a quarter mile in :21 1/5.

  • Hip 215, a colt by Gemologist, worked an eighth of a mile in :09 4/5.

    OBS Wins Race Against Weather

    Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s management won its race against Mother Nature June 6, completing the second under tack show workout session for the June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale before heavy rainfall and thunderstorms.

  • The best of two half-mile workers was Hip 130 by Colonel John

    OBS Under Tack Sessions Get Underway

    An Into Mischief colt posted the fastest quarter-mile time of : 20 4/5 when the first of six under tack workout sessions for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age was conducted June 5.

  • Uncle Mo filly tops Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale.

    Fast Uncle Mo Filly Tops F-T Midlantic Sale

    With an Uncle Mo filly selling for a sale-topping $1 million, the two-day Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale that was expanded in numbers this year concluded May 24 with a record gross.

  • Hip 490 brings $1 million

    Uncle Mo Filly Brings $1 Million at F-T Sale

    An Uncle Mo filly who had one of the fastest pre-sale workouts was purchased May 24 by trainer Linda Rice for $1 million to become the first horse to reach the seven-figure mark at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale.

  • Hip 461 by Friesan Fire out of Crafty Toast

    Friesan Fire Colt Brings $825,000 at F-T

    Action picked up midway through the second day of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale when a Friesan Fire colt became the highest price so far at $825,000, while a Speightstown colt sold for $500,000.

  • Exaggerator returns to the track after winning the Preakness Stakes

    Exaggerator Returns to Track at Pimlico

    Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator was in fine fettle the morning of May 24 when he returned to the track at Pimlico Race Course for the first time since his impressive victory May 21.

  • Two Experienced Runners Offered at Midlantic

    Buyers at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale looking for race-ready juveniles have the opportunity May 24 to buy two fillies that have already placed in high-level maiden races in New York and Kentucky.

  • A colt by Medaglia d’Oro sold for $600,000

    Medaglia d’Oro Colt Tops F-T Midlantic Opener

    Topped by a Medaglia d’Oro colt sold for $600,000, the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale got off to a rocky start May 23 in Timonium, Md., with major downturns in every key statistical category from the 2015 first session.

  • Hip 5 by Tapit out of Indian Way

    Top Horses to Watch at Day 1 F-T Midlantic

    When the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale kicks off May 23 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, two of the first horses in the ring, Hip 5 and Hip 12, both sons of leading sire Tapit, could be among the sale-toppers.

  • Hip 445 Scene from the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale in Maryland.

    Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Gets Underway May 23

    The Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training gets underway May 23 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium and there is expected to be stiff competition for the upper echelon lots and an uncertain market for the middle price range.

  • Mizz Money Holds on for Gallorette Victory

    Mizz Money held off a stiff challenge in deep stretch and outgamed 70-1 longshot Vielsalm for a head victory in the Stella Artois Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the May 21 Preakness Stakes undercard at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Steady rain fell Preakness morning May 21

    Soggy Start to Preakness Day

    It was a soggy start to Preakness Stakes (gr. I) day as steady to heavy rain fell at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland, and more of the same was forecast throughout the day May 21.

  • Record Attendance for Black-Eyed Susan Card

    The Maryland Jockey Club reported record attendance and an increase in handle for the May 20 card at Pimlico Race Course, highlighted by Go Maggie Go’s impressive Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) score.

  • Scott Bergsrud of SAB Sales is preparing for a busy Midlantic sale

    Consignor SAB Deals in Wide Range of Prices

    Scott Bergsrud's 12-horse consignment at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training embodies his pinhooking philosophy of buying a wide range of price levels as long as he feels they can turn a profit.

  • 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.