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  • Has There Ever Been A Better Example of Sunday Silence's Awesome Legacy?
    Chris Smith, Thoroughbredracing.com


    What do the Japanese Thoroughbreds Bless Journey, Satono Crown and Yamakatsu Ace have in common? Answer: they are the only runners in Sunday’s 16-strong Arima Kinen - the biggest betting race in the world - that are not grandchildren of Sunday Silence.

  • Arthur Hancock and Sunday Silence


    Story by Alan Cutler from the LEX 18 Breeders' Cup Special talking with Arthur Hancock about his great horse Sunday Silence.

  • Record-Breaking Night As Songbird, Tepin Star At Fasig
    Thoroughbred Daily News


    “A ton of people deserve credit, and I’m last–if I deserve anything at all,” ELiTE’s Bradley Weisbord said. “Robert Masterson and Deuce Greathouse bought a beautiful Bernstein filly at Saratoga. Then they entrusted Mark Casse to train her. Mark and Norm did a world-class job not only to get her started at two, break her maiden at Keeneland and win a graded stake on the dirt and win the Breeders’ Cup Mile, but then to take her to Royal Ascot and do something no American-trained horse had ever done before, which is win a group stake over a [route] distance, was unbelievable. Then, after that, Hill ‘n’ Dale did a wonderful job to breed her to Curlin–who’s as hot as any sire in the world–and get her in foal on one cover. Lastly, Arthur Hancock’s Stone Farm had her for the last 100 days preparing her for this auction. We got a lay- up–you couldn’t miss with this mare.”

  • Spendthrift, Starlight Partner Up
    Jess Martini, TDN


    B. Wayne Hughes's Spendthrift Farm and Starlight Racing teamed up to purchase a colt by First Samurai for $575,000 Wednesday at Keeneland. The chestnut (hip 794), bred and consigned by Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm, is a half-brother to Grade I winner Mastery (Candy Ride {Arg}).

  • Tepin at Stone Farm


    Anne Eberhardt of the BloodHorse visits Tepin at Stone Farm.

  • Speedway Adds Some Quality
    Jess Martini, TDN


    Bloodstock agent Marette Farrell, bidding on behalf of Peter Fluor and KC Weiner’s Speedway Stable, secured a colt by Quality Road for $525,000 early during Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September sale. The gray colt (hip 252), out of stakes winner Ghost Dancing (Silver Ghost), is a half-brother to Grade I winner Ascend (Candy Ride {Arg}) and to graded stakes placed Moro Tap (Tapit). He was bred and consigned by Arthur Hancock’s Stone Farm.

    “We just thought he was extremely athletic, by an up-and-coming stallion, and bred by a master who has bred…how many Kentucky Derby winners? Three Kentucky Derby winners,” Farrell said. “So, it all made sense."

  • Forever Together, Saratoga Memories
    Joe Clancy, The Saratoga Special


    She won her first three starts sprinting on the dirt, for a trainer known for patience over precocity, but then made a detour - after loosing her next five starts over 10 months - to the turf and extended distances. And became a champion.

  • A 'whole new way to tell the story of the Thoroughbred'
    Amanda Duckworth, Thoroughbred Racing Commentary


    After spending almost two hours touring Stone Farm in Paris, Kentucky, our small group was being led back through the main office when owner Arthur B. Hancock III happened to step out of his private office. In his excitement, guest Jeff Holleran turned to our guide Alex — who is also Arthur’s daughter — and asked, “Can I have my picture taken with him?”

    In that moment, everyone smiled, and Alex quipped, “Well, you will have to ask him!” While taking the picture, Jeff was able to tell Arthur about how his great grandfather helped build the stone fences around the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm many years ago.

    It was a two-minute conversation that will last a lifetime for Holleran, and it shows the value of what Horse Country is trying to do.

  • Going Up
    Lenny Shulman, BloodHorse


    For a variety of reasons Arthur Hancock III has long been one of our favorite people in the industry. Through 70-plus years he has maintained a sharp eye for horses and a sly wit and ready laugh; he has the heart of an artist (and is, in fact, a talented songwriter and musician); and he believes there is more to the universe than meets the eye.

  • GLOBAL IMPACT: The Rise Of the Japanese Thoroughbred

    Watch this video on Sunday Silence's impact on Japanese and International Throughbred Racing.

  • It's a Cruel Blow that Mastery May Not Get to Fulfill his Racetrack Destiny
    Thoroughbred Commentary, James Willoughby


    The history of the San Felipe is littered with brilliant horses: California Chrome, Medaglia d’Oro, Point Given, Fusaichi Pegasus, Sunday Silence and Affirmed, to name just a few. That this year’s winner, Mastery, is unlikely to join them is a cruel blow to the sport because, make no mistake, he might just have done so.

    Instead, he faces an uncertain future after a leg fracture left his racing career hanging in the balance. Whatever the prognosis, the son of Candy Ride may just be too valuable to bring back to the track.

  • Mastery Recovering After Successful Surgery
    Ron Mitchell, The BloodHorse


    Looking back at Saturday's experience, owner Everett Dobson said he's focused on the positive. "It could have been worse," he said. "We didn't have anything catastrophic happen, and I was told surgery went great. We'll just take it one day at a time. We're cautiously optimistic."

  • Full Sister To Juvenile Champion Air Force Blue Foaled At Kentucky's Stone Farm
    Paulick Report


    A full sister to 2015 Champion Juvenile Air Force Blue was foaled March 9 at Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm, in Paris, Kentucky.  The filly is out of the stakes-placed Maria's Mon mare Chatham and is by top sire War Front.

  • Mastery Dominates San Felipe, Sustains Injury After
    Jeremy Balan, The BloodHorse


    A sterling performance by Cheyenne Stables' Mastery in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2) for a moment appeared to stamp him as the clear favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

    The undefeated son of Candy Ride set the pace, turned away a challenge from grade 1 winner Gormley and San Vicente (G2) winner Iliad, and pulled away in the stretch to win by 6 3/4 lengths. But Mastery was pulled up by Mike Smith after the wire and the Hall of Fame jockey jumped off the colt in the turn.

  • Menifee Heads Top Ten Leading Sires in Korea for 2016


    For the fifth year running, Menifee claimed the Leading General Sire in Korea title in 2016. The 20-year-old stallion headed an all American-bred top ten with his progeny winning nearly double the amount of prize-money than nearest rival, Forest Camp.

  • 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.

  • The American Stallions Transforming a Nation's Bloodstock Industry
    A Kentucky Derby runner-up who has become a dominant sire
    Katherine Ford, Thoroughbred Racing Commentary


    Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes runner-up Menifee (Harlan) has dominated [Korean Sire Standings] for the past five years. In 2015, his 144 progeny to race earned a total of $6.4 million, while he has so far amassed close to $5 million in 2016.

  • 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.
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