Arthur Hancock saw all the right signs for Ascend
Thoroughbred racing is fortunate to count within its ranks human pillars that have done yeoman’s work.
Clay Hancock, who helped her family's Claiborne Farm by bringing owner/breeder Adele Dilschneider into the operation, died of a heart attack Aug. 8.
Arthur Hancock III responds to accusations that supporters of a federal role in curbing medication use in racehorses are hurting the sport. These actions are necessary to save racing, he says.
There are several eerie similarities between I'll Have Another and Sunday Silence, both dual classic winners that were sold to Japanese interests to begin their stallion careers.
Sent off at odds of 16-1, Senada snapped an 11-race losing streak when she came from far off the pace to collar Upperline in deep stretch, capturing the $125,000 Rood and Riddle Dowager Stakes on the Keeneland turf.
Son of Tapit wins the True North Handicap by 8 1/2 lengths in 1:08.86; gives trainer Kiaran McLaughlin his second stakes score in a row on Belmont Stakes undercard.
A trio of owners are lobbying for a federal ban of race-day drug use.
Arthur Hancock III's Wanderin Boy shot to the lead and never relinquished it en route to a commanding 5 1/4-length win in Keeneland's Thursday feature, the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III).
A field of nine 3-year-olds passed the entry box for Saturday's Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) undercard at Pimlico Race Course. Highweight Killenaule, third in last year's Remsen Stakes (gr. II) behind winner Rockport Harbor, and undefeated Pinpoint, under the second-high impost, lead the field.
It took plenty of determination – from breeder/owner James Fortney and trainer James Jackson – to get the filly Gallant Secret into Friday's Kentucky Oaks. Now she gets her shot at the big girls. "We're here to win," says Fortney.
Quest, a homebred grade II winner for Arthur B. Hancock III and Gerald Healy, has been retired from racing and will stand at Hancock's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky.
Tweedside, who ran in last year's Alabama (gr. I) on the dirt as a 3–year-old, leads a dozen hopefuls in the $100,000-added Glens Falls Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares ages 3 and up racing at 11 furlongs on the grass Monday.
Arthur Hancock III and James Stone's Chamrousse, second as the beaten favorite in last month's Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I), is back for more as the likely choice for Saturday's C.C.A. Oaks (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Kentucky farm managers and owners are taking steps to prevent the reoccurrence of mare reproductive loss syndrome while fervently hoping last year's devastation was a one-shot deal. There are almost as many theories of what caused MRLS as there are people addressing the problem, so preventative measures differ from farm to farm.
With Keeneland's decision to postpone the second day of the September yearling sale due to the apparent terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., many buyers and sellers were left in limbo. One thing was certain: horses and the sales were secondary.
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