Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm will offer its first consignment ever at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga select yearling sale, which is scheduled to begin on Aug. 7 . It will be only the second time that a farm owned by the Hancock family has consigned horses to the auction since the early 1940s. Claiborne Farm (Seth Hancock, president) sold five yearlings for $254,000 at the 1975 edition of the Saratoga sale. The Hancocks shifted to marketing their young stock at Keeneland after World War II caused restrictions to be placed on the rail transport of horses.
"Saratoga seems like a good sale for certain yearlings," Arthur Hancock said. "Not every yearling is precocious enough to sell in July.
Stone Farm, which is located near Paris, Ky., will have four yearlings in its Saratoga consignment--one selling on Aug. 7 and the others selling on Aug. 8. They include a Devil's Bag colt that is a half-brother to added money winner Strodes Creek, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and third in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in 1994. They also include a Touch Gold colt who is a half-brother to graded winners Posen and Truluck.
In the past, Stone Farm's yearling consignments have included such horses as 2000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, 1988 Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont winner Risen Star; and 1989 Derby and Preakness winner Sunday Silence. Risen Star was a champion, and Sunday Silence was a Horse of the Year. Fusaichi Pegasus brought $4 million when he was sold at the Keeneland July yearling auction in 1998.
Stone Farm did not consign any yearlings to Keeneland's most recent July sale, but Hancock said its absence from that auction is not permanent.