Hancock Looks for Sequel to Original 'Superman'

In the movie business, sequels usually don't measure up to the originals. But Thoroughbred breeder Arthur B. Hancock III, owner of Stone Farm near Paris, Ky., is hoping a 2003 foal he has nicknamed Superman II is every bit as successful as a 1997 colt Hancock dubbed Superman, later named Fusaichi Pegasus. That colt brought $4 million at the 1998 Keeneland July yearling sale, won the 2000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), then was sold for a world-record price in excess of $60 million as a stallion prospect.

The 2003 colt, by Seeking the Gold out of Angel Fever, by Danzig, was born at 7:40 p.m. on Thursday night, April 10. Fusaichi Pegasus, by Seeking the Gold's sire, Mr. Prospector, was born on April 12, 1997. Hancock co-owns Angel Fever with Mr. and Mrs. Robert McNair of nearby Stonerside Farm.

"He's every bit as good a foal, in my opinion, as Fusaichi Pegasus," Hancock said of the Seeking the Gold colt. " He's the best looking foal I've seen since then. That's why I named him Superman II."

Hancock said the colt was trying to show farm staff that he was boss only a few hours after being born. "He's a strong son of a gun," Hancock said.

The following night at Stone Farm, Words of War, the dam of Suburban Handicap (gr. II) winner and first-year sire E Dubai, foaled a filly by Kingmambo. E Dubai is a son of Mr. Prospector, sire of Kingmambo.