Ron Mitchell

  • 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.

  • 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.