Ron Mitchell

  • Lawrence Best

    Newcomer Best Tops Fasig-Tipton Owners' List

    Lawrence Best's purchase of two seven-figure juveniles from Cary Frommer at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale of 2-year-olds in training propelled them to the top of the lists of leading owners and consignors, respectively.

  • Dean De Renzo at 2017 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale

    Hartley, De Renzo Move Operation Into New Dimension

    For the past 26 years Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo have been formidable pinhookers, buying yearlings and sending them through their breaking and training program before re-selling them as 2-year-olds, usually with good success.

  • Hip 135, 1/8 mile in 10 seconds, 2017 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale Under Tack Show

    Bernardini Colt Among Horses to Watch at Gulfstream

    Trying to trim the list of top horses to watch for the boutique Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale can be a daunting task when all of the top consignors insist they have brought nothing but the best-conformed and best-bred 2-year-olds to market.

  • Scenics, 2016 Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale

    Under Tack Show Can Make or Break Sale

    The under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale of 2-year-olds in training is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27, beginning at 10 a.m. at Gulfstream Park, the site of the March 1 sale. Held in the Gulfstream paddock, the sale begins at 4 p.m.

  • Gun Runner wins the 2017 Razorback Handicap (G3)

    Gun Runner Rolls to Razorback Handicap Victory

    Finally free from what seemed like interminable quarantine in Louisiana, Gun Runner put on an impressive display in his first start of the season, leading every step of the way for a 5 3/4-length victory in the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3).

  • Sal and Colleen Simeone, owners of Sienna Farms near Ocala, Florida

    New Year, New Horizons for Simeones

    From selling the top-priced 2-year-old sold at public auction in North America to relocating to the mountains of Nevada, it has been quite a year for Thoroughbred breeders Sal and Colleen Simeone.

  • Hip 345, Cinnamon Spice, 2017 Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, consigned by Taylor Made Farm for Fox Hill Farm, purchased by Frances Relihan for Sumaya Stud

    Cinnamon Spice Tops Positive Fasig-Tipton Auction

    It was a bidding slugfest at the Fasig-Tipton winter mixed sale when the mare Cinnamon Spice was offered during the Feb. 7 session, and in the end Oussama Aboughazale's International Equities Holding left with the $700,000 sale topper.

  • Carlos Estrada and Sarah Estrada-Brok at 2017 Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale

    Changing of the Guard for Merkel Consignments

    If the results of the recent Fasig-Tipton Midlantic winter mixed sale are any indication, the Becky Merkel sale consignments are in good hands with the consignor’s daughter and son-in-law Sarah Estrada-Brok and Carlos Estrada.

  • Military Angel was purchased by French-based MAB Agency for €210,000

    Daughter of Big Brown Tops Goffs Sale

    Military Angel, a a multiple group-placed daughter of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Big Brown, was purchased by French-based MAB Agency for €210,000 ($224,291 in U.S. Funds) to top the Goffs February sale.

  • OBS Championship races

    OBS Succeeds as One-Day Track Operator

    For 364 days a year, management and staff at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company operate a sales company in central Florida. For one day of the year, though, they become racetrack operators.

  • Master Plan wins the OBS Championship Stakes (colts and geldings division) by 2 1/2 lengths

    Master Plan Impresses in OBS Championship Stakes

    Master Plan began to live up to his hefty purchase price when the 3-year-old son of Twirling Candy rallied late under John Velazquez for a 2 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes (colts and geldings division).

  • Consignors Like OBS Mixed Sale Consolidation

    As she hustled through the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s barn area with an armload of stall door cards, Kim Harrison stopped long enough to offer her optimistic opinion about the upcoming OBS winter mixed sale.

  • Gun Runner wins the 2016 Clark Handicap

    Deal Reached on Pegasus Starting Slot for Gun Runner

    The possibility that grade 1 winner Gun Runner could start in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park came closer to fruition after a deal was reached to use Ruis Racing's slot in the 12-horse starting gate.

  • Master Plan (right) finished second in the Pulpit Stakes on Dec. 10

    OBS Championship Stakes Fields Set

    The four Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s Day of Champions races that will be run Jan. 24, one day prior to the sales company’s winter mixed sale, have drawn 40 entrants.

  • Uncontested wins the Smarty Jones

    Uncontested Romp in Smarty Jones

    Aptly named Uncontested jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 5 1/4-length romp in the Smarty Jones Stakes over a sloppy track at Oaklawn Park on the Martin Luther King holiday card Jan. 16.

  • Lot 765 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale, a daughter of Fastnet Rock who topped the final Book 1 session

    Fastnet Rock Filly Closes Record Gold Coast Book 1

    A Fastnet Rock filly bred in Australia by Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings was sold to Coolmore Stud's Tom Magnier for Aus$1.2 million to top the final Book 1 session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale Jan. 14.

  • Dixie Victory topped the penultimate Jan. 12 session at $100,000

    Dixie Union Mare Tops Keeneland Sale Session

    Dr. E.C. "Pug" and Susie Hart came to the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale looking for a replacement for their late mare Miz United States, and left with Dixie Victory, who topped the penultimate Jan. 12 session at $100,000.

  • A horse trains at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

    OBS Restricts Louisiana Horses from Upcoming Sale

    The equine herpesvirus outbreak at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots continues to have repercussions throughout the industry, with the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. becoming the second major sales company to restrict horses from Louisiana.