Ron Mitchell

  • 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.

  • Fasig-Tipton to conduct Oct. 24-26 yearling sale

    Interest Level High for Fasig-Tipton Sale

    As horse owners, agents, and trainers went about the business of inspecting horses on the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds Oct. 22, there were indications that the yearling auction season could end on a solid note with the sale’s company’s October sale.

  • Fasig-Tipton's October sale of yearlings begins at 10 a.m. EDT Oct. 24 in Lexington

    Malibu Moon Filly Tops F-T Pinhook Prospects

    A Malibu Moon filly, who likely could have been in the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale had she not been dealt a setback, is the most expensive previously sold yearling in the upcoming Fasig-Tipton October sale in Lexington.

  • Record Gross, Average Increase at Arqana Sale

    Topped by two colts selling for €260,000 (about $285,644 in U.S. currency) each, the Arqana yearling sale got underway Oct. 18 in Deauville, France with record gross and a double-digit increase in average price.

  • Lady Eli after her Flower Bowl victory

    Lady Eli Among Keeneland November Offerings

    Grade I winner Lady Eli, who returned to top form after missing more than a year due to a bout with laminitis, is among the grade/group I winners consigned to the upcoming Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

  • F-T Saratoga Fall Sale Nearly Even With 2015

    Led by a $150,000 Street Cry mare, Fasig-Tipton kicked off the mixed auction season Oct. 17 with figures on nearly even terms with the 2015 edition of the Saratoga fall sale at the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning.

    Saratoga Sale Showcases Foals of 2016

    For those who’ve been waiting to see what the first foals sired by recent racing stars Mucho Macho Man, Verrazano, Handsome Mike, and Goldencents look like, they’ll get their first chance Oct. 17 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale.

  • Classic Empire scores in Claiborne Breeders' Futurity, one of 10 Keeneland sales grads to score grade I wins over the weekend.

    Keeneland Sales Feat: All 10 Grade I Stakes

    It may be unprecedented in the annals of Thoroughbred public auctions. Over the Oct. 7-10 weekend, all 10 grade I stakes contested in North America were won by horses that had either sold or been offered for sale at Keeneland in Lexington.

  • Justin Casse

    Justin Casse Sharing Limelight With Brother

    Over Keeneland's FallStars Weekend of Oct. 7-9, Justin Casse shared the limelight with his older brother, trainer Mark Casse, as two horses he had either purchased or sold at auction won graded stakes.

  • Slip the Cable won the West Virginia Breeders' Classic by 7 1/2 lengths

    Runco, Casey Big Winners at Charles Town

    Trainers Jeff Runco and James Casey and Charles Town Race Track emerged the big winners of the Oct. 8 West Virginia Classics, nine stakes races with total purses exceeding $1.1 million for horses bred in West Virginia.

  • Camelot Kitten outfinishes Beach Patrol to win the Hill Prince Stakes

    Hill Prince Trifecta for Trainer Brown

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Camelot Kitten overcame a troubled start to nail Beach Patrol at the wire to lead a 1-2-3 finish for trainer Chad Brown in the $500,000 Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park Oct. 8.

  • Pure Sensation comes through with the win in the Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational

    Pure Sensation Game in Belmont Turf Sprint

    Patricia Generazio's homebred Pure Sensation nipped pacesetter Power Alert (Aus) at the wire for a game head victory in the inaugural Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational over six furlongs in grass at Belmont Park Oct. 8.

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    Anchor Down Scorches Kelso Field

    Alto Racing’s 2-1 favorite Anchor Down zipped along on the front end and went gate to wire for an impressive two-length victory in the Kelso Handicap (gr. II), just missing the track record for the one-turn mile.

  • Churchill Downs.

    Churchill Downs Handle Up Slightly

    All-sources and average daily handle increased 1.2% during the 11-day September meet at Churchill Downs that ended Oct. 2, according to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

  • Carl McEntee.

    Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale Fills Niche

    Breed locally. Sell locally, Buy locally. Those actions drive the regional Thoroughbred auctions such as the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic yearling sale that will be held Oct. 4 in Timonium, Md.

  • Oscar Performance dominates the Pilgrim Stakes

    Oscar Performance Draws Off to Win Pilgrim

    Amerman Racing’s homebred Oscar Performance put on an impressive show in Belmont Park’s Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT), leading from start to finish for a six-length triumph in the 1 1/16-mile turf test for 2-year-olds.

  • Rick and Dixie Abbott.

    Charlton’s Abbotts Retiring on Own Terms

    Anyone of a certain age knows that forced retirements are no fun—it’s always better to leave on your own terms. That is exactly what Rick and Dixie Abbott are doing as they wind down their Charlton Bloodstock in eastern Pennsylvania.

  • Charles Borell

    Borell Enters Alford Plea on Cruelty Charges

    Charles Borell entered an Alford guilty plea Sept. 29 on nine of 43 animal cruelty charges in Central Kentucky and was sentenced to 179 days in jail, but will not serve that time provided he adheres to conditions of a two-year probationary period.

  • Yearlings

    Yearling Market Nears Finish Line

    As the yearling auction season nears the finish line with two sales remaining, it appears that the year will end with modest declines in all major metrics, continuing the trends seen in recent years and earlier this year in the juvenile market.

  • Consignor Catherine Parke

    The RNA Conundrum at Public Auctions

    Keeneland reported there were 1,006 yearlings that went unsold at the September yearling sale, for an RNA rate of 26.5%. In reality, the RNA rate was considerably lower due to the large number of horses that sold after they left the ring.

  • Scat Daddy colt topped sale.

    Solid Keeneland Sale Ends With Declines

    Keeneland’s marathon September yearling sale highlighted by the sale of Beholder’s half brother for $3 million ended Sept. 25, with strength at the top and middle of the market and continued tepid demand for lower quality individuals.

  • Keeneland Sale Continues on Par With 2015

    Buyers with unfilled orders continued to shop the Keeneland September yearling sale during the Sept. 24 penultimate session as numbers for the marathon auction are nearly identical to 2015.

  • Session-topping Majestic Warrior colt.

    Keeneland's Book 4 Ends on Upward Note

    The Sept. 21 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale saw 274 yearlings sell for $11,120,100, up 4.1% from the same session a year ago; the average rose 6.4% from $38,158 to $40,584, while the median jumped 20% from $25,000 to $30,000.

  • Peter O’Callaghan

    O'Callaghan: Sale Better Than Anticipated

    With the Keeneland September yearling sale continuing to show vibrancy midway through its second week, Peter O’Callaghan of Woods Edge Farm is among consignors having one of the best auctions in recent history.

  • Hip 2418 by Violence

    Numbers Up as Keeneland Sale Enters Book 4

    It wasn’t quite to the levels of Books 1 and 2, but there was a lot of energy at the Keeneland September yearling sale as Book 4 selling began with a Sept. 20 session that yielded across-the board increases.

  • Uncle Mo colt sold by Columbiana.

    Keeneland's High Water Mark for Columbiana

    The sale of an Uncle Mo colt for $750,000 to top the Sept. 17 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale was the high water mark for the Columbiana Farm of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ochocki.

  • Hip 1928, a son of Bernardini from the female family of Frosted, topped the session Sept. 19

    Bernardini Colt Tops Solid Keeneland Session

    A Bernardini colt from the family of top handicap horse Frosted was purchased by Ben Glass on behalf of Gary and Mary West for $600,000 to top the Sept. 19 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale in which numbers dipped slightly.

  • Buyers at the Keeneland September Sale

    Pioneerof the Nile Colt Tops at Keeneland

    They saved the best for last during the Sept. 18 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale when the day’s highest-price of $700,000 was paid by Paul Haughey’s PTK Racing for a Pioneerof the Nile colt.