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  • Mastery: Class and Potential
    Evan Hammonds, The Bloodhorse


    His potential has not been kept a secret, as Everett Dobson's Cheyenne Stables' Mastery went off at 3-10 in his maiden effort Oct. 22 at Santa  Anita Park, 3-10 in Del Mar's Bob Hope Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 19, and 1-5 in the 1 1/16-mile Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 10. 

    Bred by Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm, Mastery was consigned to last year's Keeneland September yearling sale by Stone Farm and was purchased by Gatewood Bell's Cromwell Bloodstock for $425,000 during the sixth session.

  • Winner's Circle
    Lenny Shulman, The Bloodhorse


    Arthur Hancock III can recite pedigrees as well as any other Central Kentucky hardboot, meaning he can go back off the top of his head through generationof equine families at sometimes dizzying speed. Hancock, though, is also a big believer in omens, karma, and philosophical pieces of wisdom, which he can also recite on demand. All of the above played a role in his 2009 purchase of the mare Steady Course from the dispersal of William T. Young’s Overbrook Farm. Steady Course’s name hit the bright lights Nov. 19 when her son Mastery won the Bob Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar. The son of Candy Ride at that moment became Bob Baffert’s leading contender for the 2017 Triple Crown series.

  • Bloodlines: Hancock-Bred Mastery Shows Classic Promise
    Frank Mitchell, Paulick Report


    That man in Bourbon County. The one who bought in Sunday Silence at the Keeneland July sale, discovered that he had bought the colt for himself because the breeder didn't want to retain him, and then watched the colt win two-thirds of the Triple Crown. Well, that horse-breeding Arthur Hancock is at it again, and he has not misplaced his lucky rabbit's foot.

  • Air Force Blue To Ashford


    “Arthur Hancock has bred many very good horses over the years and all of our team loved Air Force Blue when we saw him as a yearling at Keeneland,” Ryan added.

  • Menifee Colt Wins Korean Triple Crown


    Menifee raced for the partnership of James Stone and Arthur Hancock and was trained by Elliott Walden, winning the GI Blue Grass S. and GI Haskell Invitational S. in 1999 after finishing runner-up to Charismatic (Summer Squall) in that year’s GI Kentucky Derby and GI Preakness S.

  • Stone Farm Bred Greengrassofyoming Wins the G3 Stars and Stripes
    Myra Lewin, BloodHorse


    Greengrassofyoming, bred in Kentucky by Stone Farm, is out of the Dehere mare Flick.

  • Racing's Unforgettable Rivalries: Sunday Silence and Easy Goer
    Bob Ehalt, American's Best Racing


    "Races like the ones between those two horses are what makes horse racing the great sport it is.” - Arthur B. Hancock III

  • Think Picking A Baby Name is Tough? Try Naming a Thoroughbred
    Washington Post


    “I like the story behind the naming of Sunday Silence, the 1989 Kentucky Derby winner,” Jockey Club registrar Rick Bailey said in an e-mail. “Someone from outside the industry sent a list of names to some Kentucky farms including Stone Farm of Arthur B. Hancock III. Sunday Silence was one of the listed names. The story is Mr. Hancock remembered a song favorite, ‘Sunday Mornin’ Coming Down.’ When Hancock realized the horse’s parents’ names were Halo and Wishing Well, Bailey said, “Sunday Silence was a perfect fit.”

  • Kentucky Derby Superstitions
    Horse Racing Nation


    Jockey Gary Stevens, who will ride Mor Spirit in the 2016 Kentucky Derby, once told Jennie Rees that he believes in Derby Destiny and the winners were picked a long time ago. Whether it’s luck or superstition, owners and trainers have seen their own signs during the Triple Crown campaign, both good and bad.

  • Simple Truths Held Dear by Air Force Breeder
    Michelle MacDonald, Racing Post


    Michele MacDonald visits Stone Farm in Kentucky, where Air Force Blue was bred, and finds out from Arthur Hancock the roots of the 2,000 Guineas favourite.

  • KTOB/ KTA Awards Arthur B Hancock III

    KTOB names ABH the recipient of the Hardboot Breeder Award and 2015 Racing Abroad for Air Force Blue's accomplishments as European 2YO Champion.

  • War Front's European Success Enhances Force of Coolmore


    As the flat season kicks into gear in Europe, few events have done more to whet the appetite than Aidan O’Brien’s announcement that he is likely to saddle only one colt in the G1 QIPCO 2,000 Guineas. It is not unusual for O’Brien to run several colts (or fillies) in a Classic, so there is one, and only one, obvious conclusion to draw from his statement: Air Force Blue (War Front) must be streets ahead of his peers within his own stable. If that is indeed the case, then he could be a very special horse indeed, a horse with the potential to light up the season.

  • Sunday Silence May Have Influence on Derby
    Daily Racing Form


    Upon his retirement, 1989 Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Sunday Silence attracted surprisingly little attention from American breeders but was sold to Japanese interests for $11 million, at the high end of the market at the time. It was a prudent move, as he went on to make innumerable contributions to that bloodstock industry. Now, more than a decade after his death, he could be adding some international intrigue to this Kentucky Derby.

  • Pedigree Insights: Lani


    Not for the first time, the Dubai World Cup meeting must have left a few of America’s older breeders fighting the urge to kick themselves. This urge to don a hair-shirt dates back to 1990, when it was announced that 1989’s Horse of the Year Sunday Silence was being retired to the Stone Farm of co-owner Arthur Hancock III. The response–or lack of it–from local breeders was such that Zenya Yoshida was able to increase his stake in this great racehorse and Sunday Silence left Stone Farm for Shadai without standing a single season.

  • Mandola the Wonder Horse
    Joe Clancy, This Is Horse Racing


    "You get lucky sometimes, but it helps to have the right kind of patient. His attitude is what prompted them to save him in the first place and it surely helped him in his recovery. He’s a cool horse, which only helps.”

  • Air Force Blue Flies High as European Two-Year-Old Classification for 2015 is Revealed
    Press Release, British Horseracing Authority


    Air Force Blue, trained by Aidan O’Brien, has today been unveiled as the champion European two-year-old following his impressive win in the Group 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes.

  • Payson 'Pays' Big for Leigh Family Bloodlines


    Stone Farm to board the Arch short yearling out of Seeking Atlantis and sales topping mare, Summer Solo.

  • Hancock To Race Denman Filly
    TDN International


    Arthur Hancock’s Stone Farm became the latest American name to join the Magic Millions results sheet Wednesday when it partnered on a Denman (Aus) filly bought by Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock and trainer Matt Cumani for A$110,000. Stone Farm now owns a quarter of the half-sister to Group 3 winner Generalife (Aus) (Lonhro {Aus}).

  • 2015 Leading Sire: Menifee is the Leading Sire in Korea for the 4th Year Running
    Korea Racing Review


    Menifee is the Leading Sire in Korea for the 4th year running. It wasn’t quite as one-sided as last year but he still earned $2 Million more than closest challenger, Ecton Park. Menifee stands in good stead for the future too as he also comfortably claimed the Leading Sire of Two-Year-Olds title. Strike Again is Leading First Crop Sire.

  • Bloodlines: Sunday Silence Speaks Volumes
    Frank Mitchell, Paulick Report


    Much like not seeing the forest for the trees, sometimes we don't see the horse for the pedigrees.

    Seldom has that seemed more significant than with the 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence. The tall, dark, handsome son of leading sire Halo was not on anyone's list of “must-have” yearlings when he went to the sales at Keeneland in July, 1987.

    The future Classic winner had been foaled and raised at Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm in Bourbon County, Ky. He was a son of the farm's banner stallion Halo — one of the three best stallion sons of leading sire Hail to Reason.

  • Almarmooq Wins the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup
    This Is Horse Racing


    Almarmooq certainly wasn’t destined for this from the start, but the 8-year-old Dynaformer gelding became a stakes winner when he outlasted five others in the $35,000 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup timber stakes Nov. 1.

  • Stone Farm Conserved for Generations
    BGC Newsletter


    "If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you." - Arthur Hancock

  • O'Brien Praises Air Force Blue


    Aidan O'Brien has described his 2000 Guineas favourite Air Force Blue as the best two-year-old he has ever trained.

  • Air Force Blue Is Yet Another International Star For Breeder Stone Farm and Claiborne Sire War Front
    Bloodstock in the Bluegrass


    Bred in Kentucky by Stone Farm, Air Force Blue is by neighboring Claiborne Farm’s super sire War Front (Danzig) out of the Maria’s Mon mare Chatham. The dam was bred by W.T. Young’s Overbrook Farm and sold in that famous farm’s dispersal at the 2009 Keeneland November sale. Arthur Hancock picked the mare up for $190,000, in foal to Arch, and almost immediately began making money with her.

  • My Breeders' Cup: No Higher Stakes
    Paulick Report


    There couldn’t have been more on the line for Arthur Hancock III heading into the 1989 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

    Not only would second place likely fall short of saving his troubled farm and his family’s financial future, but his colt was matched against a foe with connections that represented a personal rivalry.

    Such a backdrop created drama of the highest order, and the race delivered once-in-a-lifetime tension, not to mention a fantastic finish.

    Scott Jagow has the story in this edition of My Breeders' Cup.

  • Sugar Rush For Bell


    Asked what he liked about the dark bay colt, Bell said, “Mostly the people who raised him.” Then he added, “He was an athlete. He was one of the best movers that I saw all day. He had everything I want in a horse.”

  • Making A Great First Impression
    ABC 36 News


    Stone Farm featured in ABC 36 News piece.

  • Hancocks Put Words Into Action: 'If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you'
    Bluegrass Conservancy Press Release


    Arthur and Staci Hancock have ensured that Stone Farm in Paris will remain an important feature of the local landscape and agricultural economy.

    Since Arthur Hancock purchased his first farm in Bourbon County in the 1970s, he has seen many of the neighboring farms change hands, some being sold off as smaller parcels. He could have done the same, and for a big profit, but he had other ideas.

    Arthur and his wife Staci, who live and work on their Stone Farm in Paris and have raised their six children there, call this farm home. It is part of their history and they want to keep it safe for the future.

    “My motto has always been: “If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you,” Arthur Hancock said.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Kevin Thompson

  • Horse Farm Owners, Tourism Officials Work Together to Launch Thoroughbred Trail
    Janet Patton, Herald Leader


    A coalition of Bluegrass horse farms, vet clinics and equine attractions is launching a tourism initiative to make it easier for fans to get close to the area's beautiful horses.

  • Derby Countdown: Remembering Gato Del Sol, 1982
    Jennie Rees, Courier-Journal


    Breeder Arthur Hancock III, who had broken away from his family’s famed Claiborne Farm to start nearby Stone Farm in Paris, Ky., became the first in his family to own a Kentucky Derby winner as Gato Del Sol came from last under jockey Eddie Delahoussaye to beat Laser Light by 21/2 lengths. Hancock and trainer Eddie Gregson created a fuss when they skipped the Preakness to concentrate on the Belmont, in which Gato Del Sol finished a distant second in the slop to eventual Horse of the Year Conquistador Cielo. Gato Del Sol, so beholden to a fast pace, never won a top race again, though he did win Hollywood’s Cabrillo at ages 4 and 6 (in his final start). He was the first Derby winner to race at 6 since Tomy Lee in 1959 and the last until 2003 Derby winner Funny Cide.

    Unsuccessful as a Kentucky stallion, Gato Del Sol was sold to a German stud in 1992 but bought back by Hancock in 1999 to ensure a good retirement home. He died in 2007 and is buried at Stone Farm.