ALL IN THE FAMILY AT STONE FARM
Courtesy of the TDN ( 7/30/10)
Stone Farm will offer three yearlings at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale, and all three were bred by Arthur Hancock’s Paris, Kentucky farm. Hancock thinks bringing horses to market that he has known since the day they were foaled.
“We sell only what we raise,” Hancock explained. “We know our product. That’s a benefit. You know exactly what you have. When you stand behind your horses like we do, you know the people are getting a good product with no flaws and no problems. Hopefully, the buyers have more confidence in us, too.” Stone Farm, which has been consigning at Saratoga for much of the last decade, has produced Kentucky Derby winners Fusaichi Pegasus, Sunday Silence and Gato del Sol, as well as Preakness and Belmont winner Risen Star.
Knowing your product has been working well in the case of the Hancock-bred and raced Owsley--by former Stone Farm stallion Harlan. On the racetrack, Owsley won the 2002 GII New York S., GII WinStar Galaxy S., and GIII Glens Falls H., as well as the 2003 GIII Modesty H. Owsley has proven popular in the sales ring, as well. Her first foal, War Hoot (War Chant), sold for $220,000 as a Keeneland September yearling in 2007. The following fall, her filly Senada (Pulpit) brought a final bid of $800,000 at Keeneland. The 12-year-old mare’s Bernardini colt sold to the bid of John Ferguson at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. Stone Farm will be offering a full-brother to that colt (hip 127) during Tuesday’s second session of the Saratoga auction. “He’s a very nice colt,” Hancock said of this year’s offering. “His full-brother brought $750,000 last year and they say he can run. They are both grandlooking colts.”
Also in Stone Farm’s Saratoga consignment is hip 25. The colt, by Elusive Quality, is a son of Hancock’s 2002 GII Black-Eyed Susan S. winner Chamrousse (Peaks and Valleys). Of the dark bay, Hancock added, “He’s a really nice-looking colt.”
The Hancock family is steeped in racing tradition and Arthur Hancock is a fourth-generation horsemen. His grandfather Arthur Boyd Hancock Sr. established Claiborne Farm in 1908 and his father Arthur ABull” Hancock Jr. built Claiborne into one of the preeminent farms in the country. But the Stone Farm maestro does have concerns about the long-term viability of the industry. “Across the board, because of the fact that they are
breeding huge numbers of mares to one stallion, it seems to me there is a big oversupply for the number of buyers,” Hancock said. “AThe oldest law in the world is supply and demand.” “And we need to clean up drugging these horses, because it’s affecting the breed, it’s affecting public opinion and the vet bills are driving owners out of the business,” he added. “I don’t think we have a future unless we stop it.”