Ron Mitchell

  • 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.

  • Colt by Ghostzapper (Hip 1231) brings $650,000 from Dickman Legacy Ranch to top the fifth session.

    Ghostzapper Colt Sells for $650,000

    A Ghostzapper colt from the family of grade I winner The Cliff's Edge was purchased by Dickman Legacy Ranch for $650,000 at the Sept. 17 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Hip 845, a Curlin colt out of Glinda the Good was a $1 million dollar purchase by

    Bull Market Continues at Keeneland Sale

    Topped by a $1 million Curlin colt, the Keeneland September yearling sale continued on a strong note Sept. 16 as the marathon auction didn’t miss a beat moving into Book 2 after a strong three-day Book 1.

  • Final Tapit Offering on Day 5 Watch List

    The final Tapit yearling to be offered at the Keeneland September sale, and several individuals with significant upgrades in their female families, are among horses to keep an eye on during the Sept. 17 session that completes Book 2 of the auction.

  • More Than Ready colt sells for $500,000 at Keeneland September.

    WinStar Acquires More Than Ready Colt

    WinStar Farm went to $500,000 to acquire a More Than Ready colt as the first yearling to reach the half-million mark early during the Sept. 16 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Hips to Watch at Keeneland September Day 4

    As the Keeneland September yearling sale moves to Book 2 after a one-day hiatus followed the blockbuster three-day Book 1, the catalog consists of horses with a little less pedigree and conformation, but they are nonetheless quality individuals.

  • Hip 571, a colt by War Front, brought $1.9 million.

    Another Seven-Figure War Front Colt

    Shadwell Estate Company struck again for a well-bred yearling at the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, going to $1.9 million to acquire a War Front colt from the Lane’s End consignment.

  • Hip 561, a colt by Tapit, brought $2 million

    Eaton’s Tapit Colt Lights Up Bid Board

    A Tapit colt who is a half brother to multiple grade I winner Mucho Macho Man lit up the Keeneland bid board when purchased by Bridlewood Farm and M. V. Magnier for $2 million during the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Hip 467, a War Front colt, brought $1.3 million

    War Front Colt Goes for $1.3M at Keeneland

    A War Front colt produced from the two-time grade I-winning A.P. Indy mare Love and Pride became the second seven-figure yearling Sept. 13 at the Keeneland September yearling sale when purchased by Shadwell Estate Co. for $1.3 million.

  • Hip 454, a half brother to champion Beholder and grade I-winning sire Into Mischief, brought $3 million Sept. 14

    Beholder's Half Brother Brings $3 Million

    Clarkland Farm hit another home run at the Keeneland September yearling sale when a half brother to three-time champion Beholder and to grade I winner and sire Into Mischief was purchased by M. V. Magnier for Coolmore interests for $3 million.

  • Wayne Sweezey.

    Sweezey Explains Havre de Grace Colt Faux Pas

    Wayne Sweezey had a sleepless night Sept. 13, after a well-bred horse he consigned to the Tuesday session of the Keeneland September yearling sale went unsold following a rare mistake by the well-respected horseman.

  • The new sale topper, a Tapit colt out of the grade I winner Hooh Why, brought $1.2 million.

    New Sale Topper, High-Priced RNA at Keeneland

    The Keeneland September yearling sale's second session offered plenty of excitement: a new sale topper, an expensive buy-back that turned out to be a mistake, two high-priced yearlings sold by Airdrie Stud, and a continued uptick in prices.

  • Hip 399 in the ring

    Tapit Colt New Sale Topper at $1.2 Million

    They saved the best for last during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale when a colt by Tapit out of the grade I winner Hooh Why was bought by Crupi's New Castle Farm for $1.2 million.

  • Havre de Grace's Son a $1.9 Million RNA

    The first colt produced from Horse of the Year Havre de Grace was bought back by Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm for $1.9 million during the Sept. 13 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Hip 305, a War Front colt, brought $900,000

    Another Airdrie Yearling for $900,000

    Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud had its second $900,000 yearling sale during the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 13 when Japan-based Shadai Farm went to that level for a War Front colt.

  • Tapit colt from Eaton Sales

    Eaton’s Tapit Colt Attracting Attention

    A striking gray Tapit colt who is a half brother to multiple grade I winner Mucho Macho Man is among the top horses to watch for during the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

  • Hip 207 in the ring

    Tapit Colt Lights Up Bid Board Early

    One of the best-bred Tapits in the Keeneland September yearling sale catalog lit up the bid board early during the Sept. 13 second session, selling for $900,000 to William Mack and Robert Baker.

  • Hip 48 was the Day 1 sale topper

    Solid Start to Keeneland September Sale

    Boosted by a broad-based international buying bench and the appeal of top-caliber sires Medaglia d’Oro, Tapit, and War Front, the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale had a solid opening Sept. 12.

  • Hip 166 sold for $900,000 at Keeneland Sept.

    Ferguson to $900,000 for War Front Filly

    A War Front filly who is from the family of recent group I winner Churchill became the second-highest-priced offering at the Keeneland September yearling sale when agent John Ferguson went to $900,000.

  • Hip 48 Medaglia d'Oro colt in the ring

    Magnier Acquires Medaglia d'Oro Colt for $1M

    A Medaglia d'Oro colt became the first seven-figure purchase during the first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. M. V. Magnier of Coolmore Stud bought the colt for $1 million early during the Sept. 12 session.

  • Havre de Grace's Son Tops Day 2 Prospects

    A War Front colt produced from Havre de Grace and a Bernardini colt who is a half brother to the Horse of the Year are among the top horses to watch during the Sept. 13 second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.