Ron Mitchell

  • Hip 4762 was the final horse into the sales ring at the Keeneland November sale

    Demand for Quality Paces Keeneland Sale

    Keeneland’s 13-day November breeding stock sale that ended Nov. 20 reflected a stable market that mirrored recent trends, in which there is continued demand for quality and buyers' unwillingness to take risks on horses that do not fit their criteria.

  • Keeneland Sale on Nearly Even Terms

    Following the Nov. 19 penultimate session of the 13-day Keeneland November breeding stock sale, the auction is on nearly even terms with the 2015 stand that totaled 12 days, with gross receipts down 2% and the average price almost identical.

  • Lot 1615, Little Sweetheart, brought €135,000

    Goffs November Sale Numbers Spike

    Boosted by the Wildenstein Stable dispersal and large lots from major Irish breeders, the Goffs November breeding stock sale drew to a close Nov. 19 with double-digit increases in total receipts and average.

  • Beauty Parlor

    Brant Dominates Goffs Breeding Stock Sale

    Peter Brant continued his return to Thoroughbred breeding and racing in a big way Nov. 18, with his White Birch Farm going to €1.6 million (US$1,700,639) to purchase Beauty Parlour at the Goffs November breeding stock sale.

  • Keeneland November

    Keeneland's Foreign Outreach Pays Dividends

    Keeneland's November breeding stock sale has substantial international appeal spread across all levels of the market, but it is particularly an important part of trade as the marathon auction nears the finish line.

  • Hip 2973 from Lane's End Conquest Stables dispersal brings $785,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November Sale.

    Conquest Dispersal Boosts Keeneland Day 8

    Boosted by the conclusion of the Conquest Stables dispersal, the Nov. 15 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale soared past the comparable day a year ago, bringing the cumulative numbers to nearly even terms with '15.

  • Will Take Charge

    Will Take Charge Weanlings Well Received

    At the current Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Three Chimneys Farm’s Will Take Charge leads sires with first foals of 2016 going under the hammer, with 18 sold for $2,312,000 through Nov. 15.

  • Uptown Twirl tops Nov. 14 session at Keeneland November.

    Conquest Horses, Uptown Twirl Rock Keeneland

    Boosted by the first day of the Conquest Stables dispersal and the historic sale of Uptown Twirl for $1,075,000, prices soared during the Nov. 14 seventh session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

  • Conquest Vivi sells at Keeneland November.

    Conquest Dispersal Day 1 Exceeds Expectations

    The dispersal of Conquest Stables began Nov. 14 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, topped by the $800,000 bid by Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stables for Conquest Serenade, a half sister to Canadian champion Fatal Bullet.

  • Uptown Twirl sells for $1.075 million at Keeneland November.

    Classic Empire's Half Sister Goes for $1.075M

    Uptown Twirl, a stake-winning half sister to multiple grade I winner Classic Empire was purchased by Three Chimneys Farm for $1,075,000 to take the lead during the Nov. 14 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale

  • Hip 2242 at the 2016 Keeneland November Sale

    Conquest Serenade Sells for $800,000

    Another filly from the blockbuster Conquest Stables dispersal lit up the Keeneland November breeding stock sale bid board Nov. 14 when Conquest Serenade was purchased by Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stable for $800,000.

  • Hip 2178, Tim McMurry, 2016 Keeneland November Sale

    $400,000 Filly Jumpstarts Conquest Dispersal

    Conquest Curlgirl, a graded stakes-placed daughter of Curlin, was purchased early by Sea Horse Breeders for $400,000 at the Complete Dispersal of Conquest Stables, being held during the Nov. 14 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

  •  Hip 1751 Moonlight Sky from Denali Stud is bought for $240,000 by Kern Thoroughbreds

    Moonlight Sky Tops Keeneland's Sixth Session

    Moonlight Sky, a full sister to grade III winner Sky Girl, was sold for $240,000 to top the Nov. 13 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale that saw key figures dip from the comparable session a year ago.

  • Keeneland November

    Benoit Strikes Again for Quality at Keeneland

    For the second day in a row, Louisiana breeder Evelyn Benoit struck for a high-priced mare to breed to her stallion Star Guitar, going to $550,000 for Five Star Momma during the fifth session of Keeneland's November breeding stock sale.

  • Peter M. Brant

    Sales Mark Brant's Return to Horse Industry

    Peter M. Brant, one of the leading breeders of the 1990s, has returned to the Thoroughbred industry after a hiatus, with one of his purchases a gray Tapit filly acquired during the Nov. 9 second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

  • James B. Keogh

    Benoit's Unorthodox Breeding Plan

    At the Nov. 11 Keeneland breeding stock sale, Grovendale’s James Keogh acquired the multiple stakes winner and graded-placed mare Moment of Majesty for $850,000 from the Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency consignment to be bred to Star Guitar.

  • Moment of Majesty brought $850,000 Nov. 11 at Keeneland

    Early Fireworks at Keeneland Fourth Session

    The fireworks started early during the Nov. 11 session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale when Evelyn Benoit’s Star Guitar Inc. went to $850,000 to acquire Moment of Majesty, a daughter of Saint Liam in foal to Curlin.

  • Ithinkisawapudycat, the dam of grade I winner Sweet Loretta, was for $2.2 million

    Sweet Loretta’s Dam Goes for $2.2 Million

    Ithinkisawapudycat, the dam of grade I winner Sweet Loretta, was purchased by Marette Farrell, agent for Mount Brilliant Farm, for $2.2 million near the end of the second session of Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale.

  • Feathered brought $2.35 million

    Feathered Knocked Down for $2.35 Million

    Feathered, a graded stakes winning, multiple graded-placed filly in foal to War Front, was bought by Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm for $2.35 million, becoming the fourth highest-priced offering at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

  • Celestine brought $2.55 Million at Keeneland

    Celestine for $2.55 Million at Keeneland

    Demand for grade I-winning fillies or mares continued midway through the first session of Keeneland’s November breeding stock sale when Moyglare Stud went to $2.55 million for 4-year-old filly Celestine.

  • 2016 Keeneland November Sale

    Weanlings Could Lead Keeneland Day 2

    Among the horses that should draw interest during the Nov. 9 second session of this year’s Keeneland November breeding stock sale is Hip 252, a War Front colt produced from Midnight Lucky.

  • Baffled, a Distorted Humor mare carrying a full sibling to grade I winner Constitution, topped the sale

    Fasig-Tipton November Numbers Soar

    The stars aligned at the Fasig-Tipton November sale in Lexington Nov. 7 as an international buying bench lured by a catalog deep in quality produced numbers that exceeded all expectations.

  • Bill Farish of Lane's End.

    Keeneland Has Momentum Entering November Sale

    When Keeneland launches its November breeding stock sale Nov. 8, the Lexington sales company will be riding a wave of momentum that includes Breeders' Cup World Championships victories by eight of its graduates, including three sold in November.

  • My Conquestadory winning the 2013 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

    My Conquestadory Tops Keeneland Watch List

    My Conquestadory, a grade I-winning mare carrying a filly sired by leading sire Tapit, as well as her 2016 colt also sired by Tapit, top the list of horses to watch for on Day 1 of the Keeneland November sale.

  • Lady Eli

    Lady Eli, Stellar Wind Out of November Sale

    As the barn areas at Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland were abuzz over the excitement on display Santa Anita during the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, results of some races also impcated the upcoming November sales.

  • Bubbler

    Dams of Arrogate, 'Chrome' Top Hips to Watch

    With Arrogate’s scintillating victory over Horse of the Year California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic fresh in the minds of buyers, the dams of both horses are among the top horses to watch during Fasig-Tipton’s November sale.

  • Juvenile Fillies Turf winner New Money Honey

    Another Breeders' Cup Success for Mike Ryan

    Mike Ryan has been associated with six Breeders’ Cup winners, but the hard-working Kentucky agent says the most recent, New Money Honey’s victory in the Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I) was the most satisfying because of the filly’s ownership.

  • Phipps Reduction Part of Keeneland Sale

    When Keeneland kicks off its breeding stock sale Nov. 8, buyers will have an opportunity to purchase some of the rich bloodlines from the prominent Phipps Stable that has been among the leading breeding and racing entities in for decades.

  • Love the Chase

    For Some, It's Sale Over Breeders' Cup

    While many were in sunny Southern California Nov. 4 readying for the first of two Breeders' Cup days at Santa Anita Park, some 2,500 miles away another group of industry pros shivered in the brisk morning air at the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds.

  • My Conquestadory, winning the Alcibiades.

    Conquest Dispersal Has Unique Flavor

    Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell's Conquest Stables has quickly risen to the upper echelon of North American owners. But for personal reasons, the stable will be dispersed at the upcoming Keeneland November sale.

  • Twilight Eclipse.

    Twilight Eclipse: Bargain Auction Purchase

    When Twilight Eclipse won his career debut in June 2012, his earnings of $20,400 represented a return of more than 20 times the $1,000 paid by John L. Langemeier when he bought the son of Purim at public auction.

  • Flat Out Colt Tops Indiana Mixed Sale

    A colt from the first crop of grade I winner Flat Out was sold for $20,000 to top the Oct. 30 mixed sale conducted at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis by the Indiana Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

  • Violence Filly Had Top F-T October Return

    A filly from the first crop of Hill ‘n’ Dale stallion Violence bought in July for $25,000 returned a quick substantial profit for her owner when sold for $190,000 at the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale.

  • Bernardini colt tops the Fasig-Tipton closing session Oct. 26

    Bernardini Rules Fasig-Tipton Final Session

    Darley stallion Bernardini had a big day at the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale’s closing session Oct. 26, with two of his sons bringing two of the three highest prices of the day as the three-day auction ended on a solid note.

  • Orb colt sold for $300,000.

    Orb Colt Tops Fasig-Tipton Second Session

    Topped by an Orb colt from the family of champion Songbird, the second session of Fasig-Tipton’s October yearling sale Oct. 25 saw solid across-the-board trade, with downturns in average and median prices.

  • Malibu Moon, Tapit Colts Could Shine at F-T

    Two well-bred colts that were specifically pointed toward Fasig-Tipton’s October yearling sale are among the top horses to watch during the Oct. 26 closing session of the three-day auction in Lexington.

  • Hip 293, a colt by Curlin out of Party Chatter topped the sale at $350,000

    Positive Start to Fasig-Tipton October Sale

    Topped by a Curlin colt making his second foray through the sales ring this year, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky’s October yearling sale got off on a positive note Oct. 24, with a slight uptick in average and an improved buy-back rate.

  • Curlin colt sold for $350,000.

    Curlin Colt Sells for $350,000 at F-T October

    A Curlin colt from the VanMeter-Gentry consignment had a more productive second trip through the sales ring when he was purchased by JSM Equine/Justin Casse for $350,000 at the Oct. 24 first session of the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale.

  • Tapit Colt Late Withdrawal from F-T Sale

    A Tapit colt from an active female family was a late withdrawal from the Oct. 24 first session of the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale and will be pointed toward a juvenile sale next spring.

  • Hip 144, a Malibu Moon filly, brought $300,000

    Malibu Moon Filly Sells for $300,000 at F-T

    A Malibu Moon filly that was described by her consignor as a “sculpture” was purchased by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm for $300,000 to be the top-priced offering early during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale.

  • Joe Seitz

    Strong Buyer Traffic on Eve of October Sale

    As potential buyers went about their business Oct. 23 inspecting yearlings entered in the Fasig-Titpon October sale, the crew at Brookdale Sales could hardly keep up with the volume of requests to see the consignment’s offerings.

  • Fasig-Tipton October

    Gainesway Colts Among Hips to Watch

    Colts by leading sire Tapit and his son Tapizar, third on this year’s first-crop sire list, are among the top horses to watch when the three-day Fasig-Tipton October sale launches Oct. 24.