Ron Mitchell

  • 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.

  • Hip 388, an Uncle Mo yearling, brought $370,000

    Ryan Says Uncle Mo Colt Reminds Him of Nyquist

    If Mike Ryan’s instincts are correct, an Uncle Mo short yearling the agent selected for $370,000 on behalf of Key Palm Stable at the Jan. 10 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale will prove to be a bargain.

  • Hip 309 Delightful Joy from Denali.
Horses at the Keeneland January Sales near Lexington, Ky., on Jan. 9, 2017.

    Delightful Joy Brings $700,000 at Keeneland

    Delightful Joy, an attractive chestnut daughter of leading sire Tapit, was purchased for $700,000 to become the second-highest-priced horse sold during the Jan. 9 first session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

  • Hip 78 colt by Street Sense out of Please Sign In from Hurstland Farm

    Taylor Made’s Bloodstock Investments Shifts Focus

    When Taylor Made began a pinhooking operation under the Bloodstock Investments banner, it began by investing only in broodmares, but is now shifting its focus to yearlings, buying two during the Jan. 9 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

  • 2017 Keeneland January Sale

    Optimism in the (Cold) Air at Keeneland

    After braving a weekend in which temperatures barely made it into the teens, consignors and buyers can expect milder weather when the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale begins.

  • Keeneland January

    Nuckols Back at Keeneland with One Horse

    Consignor Alfred Nuckols, who hit a home run when a Street Sense yearling filly consigned by his Hurstland Farm to Keeneland’s 2013 January horses of all ages brought a winning bid of $1.45 million, has the filly's full brother in this year's sale.

  • The Keeneland January sale is a target for Mulholland Springs

    January Sale Fills Niche for Mulholland Springs

    Consistently among the leading consignors at Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton sales, Martha Jane Mulholland’s Mulholland Springs Farm targets the Keeneland January horses of all ages for certain mares and short yearlings that do not fit in November.

  • Uchenna

    EHV-1 Restrictions Hamper Keeneland Sale

    Although Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots is some 650 miles south of Lexington, an outbreak of equine herpesvirus at the New Orleans facility is having an effect on the Keeneland horses of all ages sale that begins Jan. 9.

  • Horses being shown at 2016 Keeneland January sale

    Recent Trends Expected to Continue at Keeneland

    With snow blanketing the ground and an arctic blast dropping temperatures to below freezing, Central Kentucky offered an apt setting for Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale that ushers in the 2017 sale season.

  • Maiden Winner Added to Keeneland January Sale

    Following Royal Inheritance's impressive maiden win last month at Aqueduct Racetrack, owner Joseph Bulger decided it was an opportune time to sell the Regal Ransom filly who has been supplemented to the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

  • A Dec. 18 fire at Mercury Equine Center in Lexington claimed the lives of 23 horses.

    Trainer Reed Recalls Devastating Barn Fire

    Eric Reed keeps hoping at some point he will awaken to find that the events of early Dec. 18, in which 23 horses died during a fire at his training center, did not happen and that it was all a nightmare.

  • Jerry Jamgotchian

    End of Road for ‘Claiming Rule’ Challenge

    Owner Jerry Jamgotchian’s lengthy battle to overturn Kentucky regulations that restrict when and where a horse can run after being claimed in the state has hit the end of the road following the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of his petition.

  • Unrivaled Belle, top-priced horse of 2016.

    Auction Season Ends With Market Stability

    The marathon Keeneland November mixed sale that concluded Nov. 20 brought down the curtain on the 2016 public auction season with slight across-the-board declines in significant categories, signaling an overall stable market.

  • 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.