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  • Think Picking A Baby Name is Tough? Try Naming a Thoroughbred
    Washington Post

    05/05/2016

    “I like the story behind the naming of Sunday Silence, the 1989 Kentucky Derby winner,” Jockey Club registrar Rick Bailey said in an e-mail. “Someone from outside the industry sent a list of names to some Kentucky farms including Stone Farm of Arthur B. Hancock III. Sunday Silence was one of the listed names. The story is Mr. Hancock remembered a song favorite, ‘Sunday Mornin’ Coming Down.’ When Hancock realized the horse’s parents’ names were Halo and Wishing Well, Bailey said, “Sunday Silence was a perfect fit.”

  • Kentucky Derby Superstitions
    Horse Racing Nation

    05/05/2016

    Jockey Gary Stevens, who will ride Mor Spirit in the 2016 Kentucky Derby, once told Jennie Rees that he believes in Derby Destiny and the winners were picked a long time ago. Whether it’s luck or superstition, owners and trainers have seen their own signs during the Triple Crown campaign, both good and bad.

  • Simple Truths Held Dear by Air Force Breeder
    Michelle MacDonald, Racing Post

    04/28/2016

    Michele MacDonald visits Stone Farm in Kentucky, where Air Force Blue was bred, and finds out from Arthur Hancock the roots of the 2,000 Guineas favourite.

  • KTOB/ KTA Awards Arthur B Hancock III
    04/21/2016

    KTOB names ABH the recipient of the Hardboot Breeder Award and 2015 Racing Abroad for Air Force Blue's accomplishments as European 2YO Champion.

  • War Front's European Success Enhances Force of Coolmore
    TDN

    04/05/2016

    As the flat season kicks into gear in Europe, few events have done more to whet the appetite than Aidan O’Brien’s announcement that he is likely to saddle only one colt in the G1 QIPCO 2,000 Guineas. It is not unusual for O’Brien to run several colts (or fillies) in a Classic, so there is one, and only one, obvious conclusion to draw from his statement: Air Force Blue (War Front) must be streets ahead of his peers within his own stable. If that is indeed the case, then he could be a very special horse indeed, a horse with the potential to light up the season.

  • Sunday Silence May Have Influence on Derby
    Daily Racing Form

    03/28/2016

    Upon his retirement, 1989 Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Sunday Silence attracted surprisingly little attention from American breeders but was sold to Japanese interests for $11 million, at the high end of the market at the time. It was a prudent move, as he went on to make innumerable contributions to that bloodstock industry. Now, more than a decade after his death, he could be adding some international intrigue to this Kentucky Derby.

  • Pedigree Insights: Lani
    TDN

    03/28/2016

    Not for the first time, the Dubai World Cup meeting must have left a few of America’s older breeders fighting the urge to kick themselves. This urge to don a hair-shirt dates back to 1990, when it was announced that 1989’s Horse of the Year Sunday Silence was being retired to the Stone Farm of co-owner Arthur Hancock III. The response–or lack of it–from local breeders was such that Zenya Yoshida was able to increase his stake in this great racehorse and Sunday Silence left Stone Farm for Shadai without standing a single season.

  • Mandola the Wonder Horse
    Joe Clancy, This Is Horse Racing

    03/17/2016

    "You get lucky sometimes, but it helps to have the right kind of patient. His attitude is what prompted them to save him in the first place and it surely helped him in his recovery. He’s a cool horse, which only helps.”

  • Air Force Blue Flies High as European Two-Year-Old Classification for 2015 is Revealed
    Press Release, British Horseracing Authority

    01/19/2016

    Air Force Blue, trained by Aidan O’Brien, has today been unveiled as the champion European two-year-old following his impressive win in the Group 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes.

  • Payson 'Pays' Big for Leigh Family Bloodlines
    TDN

    01/12/2016

    Stone Farm to board the Arch short yearling out of Seeking Atlantis and sales topping mare, Summer Solo.

  • Hancock To Race Denman Filly
    TDN International

    01/08/2016

    Arthur Hancock’s Stone Farm became the latest American name to join the Magic Millions results sheet Wednesday when it partnered on a Denman (Aus) filly bought by Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock and trainer Matt Cumani for A$110,000. Stone Farm now owns a quarter of the half-sister to Group 3 winner Generalife (Aus) (Lonhro {Aus}).

  • 2015 Leading Sire: Menifee is the Leading Sire in Korea for the 4th Year Running
    Korea Racing Review

    12/31/2015

    Menifee is the Leading Sire in Korea for the 4th year running. It wasn’t quite as one-sided as last year but he still earned $2 Million more than closest challenger, Ecton Park. Menifee stands in good stead for the future too as he also comfortably claimed the Leading Sire of Two-Year-Olds title. Strike Again is Leading First Crop Sire.

  • Bloodlines: Sunday Silence Speaks Volumes
    Frank Mitchell, Paulick Report

    12/08/2015

    Much like not seeing the forest for the trees, sometimes we don't see the horse for the pedigrees.

    Seldom has that seemed more significant than with the 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence. The tall, dark, handsome son of leading sire Halo was not on anyone's list of “must-have” yearlings when he went to the sales at Keeneland in July, 1987.

    The future Classic winner had been foaled and raised at Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm in Bourbon County, Ky. He was a son of the farm's banner stallion Halo — one of the three best stallion sons of leading sire Hail to Reason.

  • Almarmooq Wins the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup
    This Is Horse Racing

    11/13/2015

    Almarmooq certainly wasn’t destined for this from the start, but the 8-year-old Dynaformer gelding became a stakes winner when he outlasted five others in the $35,000 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup timber stakes Nov. 1.

  • Stone Farm Conserved for Generations
    BGC Newsletter

    09/25/2015

    "If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you." - Arthur Hancock

  • O'Brien Praises Air Force Blue
    BET365

    10/11/2015

    Aidan O'Brien has described his 2000 Guineas favourite Air Force Blue as the best two-year-old he has ever trained.

  • Air Force Blue Is Yet Another International Star For Breeder Stone Farm and Claiborne Sire War Front
    Bloodstock in the Bluegrass

    11/03/2015

    Bred in Kentucky by Stone Farm, Air Force Blue is by neighboring Claiborne Farm’s super sire War Front (Danzig) out of the Maria’s Mon mare Chatham. The dam was bred by W.T. Young’s Overbrook Farm and sold in that famous farm’s dispersal at the 2009 Keeneland November sale. Arthur Hancock picked the mare up for $190,000, in foal to Arch, and almost immediately began making money with her.

  • My Breeders' Cup: No Higher Stakes
    Paulick Report

    10/14/2015

    There couldn’t have been more on the line for Arthur Hancock III heading into the 1989 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

    Not only would second place likely fall short of saving his troubled farm and his family’s financial future, but his colt was matched against a foe with connections that represented a personal rivalry.

    Such a backdrop created drama of the highest order, and the race delivered once-in-a-lifetime tension, not to mention a fantastic finish.

    Scott Jagow has the story in this edition of My Breeders' Cup.

  • Sugar Rush For Bell
    TDN

    09/19/2015

    Asked what he liked about the dark bay colt, Bell said, “Mostly the people who raised him.” Then he added, “He was an athlete. He was one of the best movers that I saw all day. He had everything I want in a horse.”

  • Making A Great First Impression
    ABC 36 News

    09/13/2015

    Stone Farm featured in ABC 36 News piece.

  • Hancocks Put Words Into Action: 'If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you'
    Bluegrass Conservancy Press Release

    04/06/2015

    Arthur and Staci Hancock have ensured that Stone Farm in Paris will remain an important feature of the local landscape and agricultural economy.

    Since Arthur Hancock purchased his first farm in Bourbon County in the 1970s, he has seen many of the neighboring farms change hands, some being sold off as smaller parcels. He could have done the same, and for a big profit, but he had other ideas.

    Arthur and his wife Staci, who live and work on their Stone Farm in Paris and have raised their six children there, call this farm home. It is part of their history and they want to keep it safe for the future.

    “My motto has always been: “If you take care of the land, the land will take care of you,” Arthur Hancock said.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Kevin Thompson

  • Horse Farm Owners, Tourism Officials Work Together to Launch Thoroughbred Trail
    Janet Patton, Herald Leader

    01/14/2015

    A coalition of Bluegrass horse farms, vet clinics and equine attractions is launching a tourism initiative to make it easier for fans to get close to the area's beautiful horses.

  • Derby Countdown: Remembering Gato Del Sol, 1982
    Jennie Rees, Courier-Journal

    01/14/2015

    Breeder Arthur Hancock III, who had broken away from his family’s famed Claiborne Farm to start nearby Stone Farm in Paris, Ky., became the first in his family to own a Kentucky Derby winner as Gato Del Sol came from last under jockey Eddie Delahoussaye to beat Laser Light by 21/2 lengths. Hancock and trainer Eddie Gregson created a fuss when they skipped the Preakness to concentrate on the Belmont, in which Gato Del Sol finished a distant second in the slop to eventual Horse of the Year Conquistador Cielo. Gato Del Sol, so beholden to a fast pace, never won a top race again, though he did win Hollywood’s Cabrillo at ages 4 and 6 (in his final start). He was the first Derby winner to race at 6 since Tomy Lee in 1959 and the last until 2003 Derby winner Funny Cide.

    Unsuccessful as a Kentucky stallion, Gato Del Sol was sold to a German stud in 1992 but bought back by Hancock in 1999 to ensure a good retirement home. He died in 2007 and is buried at Stone Farm.


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