Journalist Chris McGrath sat down with Arthur Hancock as a part of the on-going Equine Oral History Project entitled Life’s Work, which is a part of the Louis B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky. The Nunn Center has been recognized around the world as a leader and innovator in the collection and preservation of oral histories.
Sent off the favorite in the field of six, MR. FISK chased down front runner TAHOE SUNRISE to finish in a deadheat with that rival in the one-mile $125,000 Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. 3.
On Aug. 25, 2-year-old TIPSY TALES won the Canadian Juvenile S. going six furlongs on the dirt at Century Mile in Canada Two days later, 4-year-old MOUFFY (pictured left) won the Ellis Park Turf Stakes going 1 1/16 miles on the grass. The victories marked the first blacktype wins for the Stone Farm raised runners.
A homebred racing for John Ed Anthony’s Shortleaf Stable, Whelen Springs won the 1 1/16-mile Iselin Stakes-G3 at Monmouth Park by a half-length after a contintious stretch. Winner of two stakes at Oaklawn Park in 2022, the 4-year-old colt had run second in the Monmouth Cup Stakes-G3 last time out. His victory in the Iselin marked his first Graded stakes win and also the first Graded stakes win for his trainer, Lindsay Schultz.
Three-year-old Solo Album posted her first graded stakes win in the 1 1/16-mile Selene Stakes at Woodbine on July 1. Bred by the late Virginia Kraft Payson’s Payson Stud, Solo Album settled just off the leaders, began making her move in the far turn, then drew clear in the stretchto win by 6 1/4 lengths.
Of the six blacktype races contested at Caterbury Park on June 21 George Strawbridge Jr.’s Augustin Stables won a third of them. REGAL REALM won the Lady Canterbury Stakes and within the hour HIGH FRONT (pictured) took the Dark Star Turf Sprint. Both distaffers are trained by Jonathon Thomas and both were foaled and raised at Stone Farm for long-time client Strawbridge.
After finishing second by a neck in an allowance race at Keeneland in her 4-year-old debut, multiple Graded stakes winner BUBBLE ROCK came back to win the six-=furlong listed License Stakes at Belmont on May 7.
Twenty-six year old Fusaichi Pegasus, the first Kentucky Derby winner of this century, was euthanized on May 23 at Coolmore Stud due to the infirmities of old age. He was 26. As the news began to spread, memories of the colt emerged as well.
You can’t tell the story of Stone Farm raised SUNDAY SILENCE without giving a lot of time to his rival EASY GOER. They were two Champion racehorses competing at the highest level. The fierceness of the their rivalry only served to enhance the reputation of the individuals.
Bubble Rock led wire to wire in the $300,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes G2 at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25th. The 3-year-old filly by More Than Ready out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Reef Point crossed the finish line 1 1/4 lengths in front. A homebred racing for John Ed Anthony’s Shortleaf Stable, Bubble Rock was raised at Stone Farm and is trained by Brad Cox.