Ron Mitchell

  • Hip 402 at the OBS spring 2-year-olds in training sale

    Pricey Filly Tops OBS Pinhook Prospects

    A daughter of leading sire Tapit, produced from multiple grade 1 winner Evening Jewel and bought as a yearling for $400,000, is the highest-priced previously purchased 2-year-old consigned to the Ocala Breeders' Sales spring sale.

  • Horses walk to and from the track at the OBS facility in Ocala

    OBS Spring Sale to Test Depth of Juvenile Market

    There has been strong demand for 2-year-olds in training through the first four auctions of 2017, but the juvenile marketplace will undergo its stiffest test April 25-28 when Ocala Breeders' Sales conducts its spring sale in Ocala, Fla.

  • A Malibu Moon filly breezes in :20 4/5 in preparation for the Ocala Breeders' Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale

    Malibu Moon Filly Fastest at OBS Under Tack Session

    A Malibu Moon filly from the Eddie Woods consignment had the fastest quarter-mile time of :20 4/5 during the April 19 third session of the under tack show in preparation for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales spring 2-year-olds in training sale.

  • Hip 234, a Florida-bred filly from the first crop of Prospective

    Five Share Fastest OBS Work Time

    Five juveniles shared the eighth-mile workout time of :09 4/5 during the April 18 second session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales 2017 spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • D. Wayne Lukas surrounded by former assistants

    Toasting, Not Roasting, Legendary D. Wayne Lukas

    They were there to roast their mentor, but by the end of the night April 17 at the Keeneland sales pavilion, the seven prominent trainers who cut their teeth under legendary D. Wayne Lukas ended up toasting their former boss.

  • Keeneland Ahead of 2016 Through Seven Programs

    Spectacular weather and one of North America's highest purse structures that drew some of the top horses in training combined to boost the numbers in every major statistical category for Keeneland's first seven days.

  • Irap, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency as Hip 612 to the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale

    Irap Latest Sale Success for Dennis O'Neill

    Dennis O'Neill's keen eye has yielded two Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winners and another of his sale finds, Irap, is en route to Churchill Downs following a stunning upset victory in the April 8 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2).

  • Mongolian Saturday (red cap) wins the 2016 Woodford Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select

    Mongolian Saturday Tops Nine-Horse Shakertown Field

    Mongolian Saturday, whose affinity for the Keeneland turf course includes the 2015 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) and last year's Woodford Stakes (G3T), headlines the field of nine entered in the $200,000 Shakertown Stakes (G2T) at 5 1/2 furlongs.

  • The initial focus of screening limits will be substances commonly used in horses

    KY EDRC Backs Screening Limits for Some Substances

    The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has adopted a statement supporting screening limits at drug-testing laboratories as a result of the proliferation of irrelevant substances that have shown up at low levels in equine drug tests.

  • Hip 31, a Redding Colliery colt posted the fastest time of :10.1

    Texas Juvenile Sale 'Bigger and Better'

    Following a one-day delay in the under tack show due to inclement weather, the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s sale of 2-year-olds in training remains on track for April 4, with an amended starting time.

  • Hip 135, a Tapit colt supplemented into the Barretts select sale of 2-year-olds in training

    Tapit Colt Tops Barretts Hips to Watch

    A colt by three-time leading sire Tapit supplemented into the Barretts select sale of 2-year-olds in training tops the list of hips to watch during the March 29 auction at Del Mar.

  • King and His Court wins the 2016 Display Stakes

    Different Paths, Futures for Two Spiral Contenders

    King and His Court and Bronson, two 3-year-old horses entered in the JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) March 25, have taken different paths to the Turfway Park race and are headed in different directions after the race.

  • Graydar Colt Tops Pegasus Juvenile Sale

    A gray colt from the first crop of Graydar was purchased by West Point Thoroughbreds for $90,000 to top the renewal of the Pegasus Training and Rehabilitation Center’s 2-year-olds in training sale.

  • Hip 360 sold for $1.7 million at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March sale of 2-year-olds in training

    Strong Demand Fuels Record OBS March Sale

    Zayat Stables hit it out of the park at the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March sale of 2-year-olds in training, fueling a vibrant market that resulted in increases in gross and average for the two-day auction.

  • Hip 586, a colt by Pioneerof the Nile, brought $1 million

    Lows Acquire Pioneerof the Nile Colt for $1 Million

    A Pioneerof the Nile colt produced a healthy return on his original purchase price when sold to Robert and Lawana Low for $1 million during the March 15 second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2-year-olds in training sale.

  • Agent Steve Young.

    Union Rags Colt Brings $900,000

    Agent Steve Young went to $900,000 to acquire a Union Rags colt from the family of Canadian champion Delightful Mary midway through the March 15 second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2-year-olds in training sale.

  • Hip 127, consigned by Crupi's New Castle Farm, topped Day 1 of the OBS March 2-year-olds in training sale

    Strong Demand at Top Fuels OBS Opener

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March sale of 2-year-olds in training began with a continuation of the same trends at other auctions in recent years, with stiff demand at the top and about a third of the offerings returning to their owners.

  • Claiborne Farm stallion Orb

    Seven-Figure Colt at OBS Enhances Orb's Status

    Claiborne Farm stallion Orb enhanced his reputation March 14 when a colt from his first crop was sold for $1.25 million to top the opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Mastery wins the San Felipe under Hall of Famer Mike Smith

    Mastery Recovering After Successful Surgery

    Everett Dobson's Mastery, the grade 1 winner who was pulled up March 11 after his impressive San Felipe Stakes (G2) score, has returned to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's barn following successful surgery to repair a condylar fracture.

  • Hip 223, a colt by Curlin, brought $950,000

    Curlin Colt Goes for $950,000 at OBS Sale

    Margaret Fauber went to $950,000 to secure a Curlin colt as the second-highest price during the March 14 opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2-year-olds in training sale.

  • Ned Toffey at the OBS barn area

    Spendthrift Building Awareness of Stakes Eligibility

    Some of the 2-year-olds entered in the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s March auction are sporting stickers on their rumps indicating eligibility for two stakes at Churchill Downs later this year restricted to offspring of Spendthrift Farm sires.

  • Hip 153, a colt by Super Saver, worked a quarter-mile in :20 1/5 equalling the fastest time for the distance at OBS

    Speedy Super Saver Colt Among OBS Day 1 Hips to Watch

    A Super Saver colt, several pricey yearling purchases, and juveniles sired by Quality Road and by Scat Daddy are among the Hips to Watch during the March 14 opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Pinhooking partners Barry Berkelhammer and Cary Frommer

    Frommer and Berkelhammer Partner Up for Success

    Over the course of more than a dozen years, Cary Frommer and Barry Berkelhammer have built a pinhooking business that today is at the height of the marketplace, with two seven-figure transactions in each of the last two years.

  • Ciaran Dunne of Wavertree Stables is hoping for more buyers this year

    Will Middle Market Emerge at OBS March Sale?

    As owners, agents, and trainers began their inspections in earnest for horses entered in the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s 2-year-olds in training sale, there was a positive vibe on the sale grounds the morning of March 12.

  • Hip 462, a colt by More Than Ready, works an eighth in :09 3/5 at OBS

    More Than Ready Colt Sizzles in OBS Work

    During the final breeze show in preparation for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March 14-15 sale, a More Than Ready colt sizzled an eighth of a mile in :09 3/5, the fastest time at the distance during three days.

  • Kantharos Filly Tops Second OBS Under Tack Show

    A gray daughter of promising young sire Kantharos zipped a quarter mile in :20 4/5 to post the fastest time at the distance during the second under tack session in preparation for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2-year-olds in training sale.

  • Southeast Regional 2-18-17

    Southeast Regional: Major Makeover in Ocala

    Michael O'Farrell's Professional Life has been inextricably tied to the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co., the Central Florida sales entity he chairs and which his late father Joe co-founded in the mid-1970s.

  • El Areeb, OBS March sale graduate.

    OBS Three-Day Under Tack Show Begins March 9

    The under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March sale of 2-year-olds in training begins March 9 and continues through March 11, with sessions beginning at 8 a.m. daily at the OBS track in Ocala, Fla.

  • Quinn, Jenn, and Cash Adams of Q Bar J Thoroughbreds

    Flat Out Colt Most Profitable Fasig-Tipton Pinhook

    When trainer Mark Casse signed the sale ticket for a Flat Out colt on behalf of John Oxley at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream 2-year-olds in training sale, the purchase price of $400,000 represented a profit of $310,000 for Q Bar J Thoroughbreds.