About Us

Our Story

Nancy Mitchell, Fred Mitchell and Marty Buckner operate Clarkland Farm, an expanse of more than 400 acres in Fayette County. They are major consignors at the Central Kentucky sales and over the years they have bred, raised and/or sold many top-class runners, including two time champion sprinter Housebuster, champion older mare North Sider, and English champion two year old Wind and Wuthering. The Mitchells and Buckner, who count the Klein family of Louisville among their major clients, have also bred, raised or sold Grade I and Grade II stakes winners Beholder, Mendelssohn, Farma Way, Arson Squad, Allamerican Bertie, Dixie Dot Com, and R Lady Joy. In addition to their success as breeders and sales consignors, they are also good stewards of the land, with Clarkland being among the Central Kentucky Thoroughbred farms that have joined in the purchase of Development Rights Program that preserves Bluegrass Farmland. They have a more vested interest than most in securing the future of their farm since the land has been in Nancy Mitchell’s family since they were granted in under a land grant in the 1700’s. The present ownership of Clarkland is descended from James Clark to Nancy Mitchell and two sisters.

Nancy and Fred Mitchell, purchased 2016 Broodmare of the Year, Leslie’s Lady, in 2008. The Mitchells bred, raised, and sold Beholder and Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn was sold under the name of Clarkland Farm for $3 million in 2016. Clarkland had never previously bred a Kentucky Derby starter, which makes Mendelssohn all the more exciting. In 2019, Clarkland sold another Leslie’s Lady filly. The American Pharaoh-Leslie’s Lady Yearling Filly is the highest priced filly ever sold in Keeneland’s history.

The following horses were CHAMPIONS that were Bred, Raised, and/or Sold by Clarkland Farm.
Beholder(G1) 3 time Eclipse Champion, 2 time Breeders Cup Champion
Housebuster(G1) 2 time Champion Sprinter, Hall of Fame
North Sider(G1) Champion Older Mare
Wind and Wuthering(G1) English Champion 2 year old
The following horses were GRADED STAKES WINNERS that were Bred, Raised, and/or Sold by Clarkland Farm.
El Deal (G1)
Farma Way(G1)
Allamerican Bertie(G2)
Arson Squad(G2)
Dixie Dot Com(G2)
Hurricane Bertie(G2)
R Lady Joy(G2)
Early Return(G3)
Cash Control(G3)
Cherokee Country(G3)
Change Up(G3)
Sierra Diablo(G3)
The Pamplemousse(G3)
Whirlie Bertie(G3)
Miz Ida(G3)
​Uptown Bertie(G3)
The following horses were STAKES WINNERS that were Bred, Raised, and/or Sold by Clarkland Farm.
Above Fashion
American Lady
Antique Gold
Apollo Dolce
Astor Park
Ballad of Bertie
Break Even
Cash Back
Cash Control
Cash Refund
Classic Toll
Clever Martha
Country Day
De Real Deal
Due Date
Early Return
Gee Can He Dance
Getaway Guy
Get Ready Bertie
Giza Goddess
Good Deed
Hasty Words
Homerun Berti
Lover's Hour
My Great Love
Our Shining Hour
Party Pooper
Pinch Hit
Play On
Ride Em Cowgirl
Saratoga's Magic
Tasteful TV

Meet the Team

Nancy Mitchell, Fred Mitchell, Marty Buckner, & Matthew Ernst