Ron Mitchell

  • 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.

  • 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.