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.
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.