The Perfect Paradox.  March 28, 2014

"There is a country song, "What Part of No Don’t You Understand." Some of us have come to identify with this song in our efforts over the last thirty years to win the war against drugs and thugs. Aside from creating awareness, we have failed miserably so far. This issue has once again seized the headlines and this time the consequences are far from over. We all have eyes and ears and seeing and hearing is believing. You cannot sweep this one under the rug no matter how vigorously you sweep, and the ramifications will be severe, as they should be."

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It's Time For Congress to Wake Up.  November 24, 2013

"By enacting the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 (“IHA”) the federal government has allowed the simulcasting of races and off-track betting all across America. Ironically, the abuse of Thoroughbreds is now regularly televised and wagered upon under the authority of the IHA. The drugging of America’s Thoroughbreds to enhance their racing performance clearly affects interstate commerce, and yet the federal government has thus far not acted to stop the cruelty inflicted upon these animals or the deception perpetrated upon the public by the use of these drugs."

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Stone Farm supports HR 1733, a bill to amend the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 to prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs.  March 26, 2012

"If you are sick and tired of watching this industry go down the drain, standing by helplessly while wagering, attendance and handle continue to fall, and even witnessing certain organizations call for the elimination of racing altogether, please add your signature in support of IHIA, the Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act."

READ MORE in pdf format and sign your name in support of amending IHA.

CLICK HERE to see a list of those already in support.

READ BILL HR 1733 in pdf format 


Arthur Hancock speaks at the Kentucky Racing Commission Hearing. November 14, 2011

"Many say the drugs these horses get are “therapeutic”. But, therapeutic drugs are given to horses who are in therapy and who are recovering from an illness or injury. Is every horse in every race ill or injured? Therapeutic drugs, by definition, are used for healing and curing. Drugs that mask pain and enhance performance are not “therapeutic”, they are what they are….performance enhancing drugs."

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May 5, 2011    AT THE PRECIPICE: An open letter published in the TDN
Written in an effort to reach out to other industry members for their support of the proposed legislation in The Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act. By Arthur and Staci Hancock, Roy and Gretchen Jackson and George Strawbridge.  

"While there are a number of problems facing the American Thoroughbred industry, many of us who are heavily invested in this industry believe that the most destructive and undermining influence today is the continued proliferation and use of drugs in racing. Our observation of racing both in the United States and abroad has made us painfully aware that American racing stands alone as a “rogue nation” with its permissive use of race day medications. England, Ireland, France and the other principal European countries, together with Australia, Hong Kong and Japan maintain a zero tolerance for drugs on race day."


PLEASE CLICK HERE to read the entire letter in PDF format, which you can print, sign and FAX to (859) 987-1474, or print, scan and e-mail to stonefarm@stonefarm.com.

CLICK HERE to read a copy of The Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act


OP/ED TDN August 21, 2010 Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall...

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses, and all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again!

Have you ever wondered why Humpty Dumpty had his great fall, and why he could never be put back together again, even by all the Kings' horses and all the Kings' men? What happened?

Humpty Dumpty started using drugs; in fact, drugs permeated his entire realm, the Sport of Kings. Humpty Dumpty also began a long and cozy association with shady characters and thugs...all types, like rogue gamblers, race fixers, and trainers who used Cobra venom or who had multiple drug convictions and yet still continued to ply their trade. In fact, Humpty Dumpty allowed horses to be saturated with drugs by both scheming and well-meaning veterinarians. This broke the spirit and the backs of his once loyal and enthusiastic owners and fans. Humpty could stand anything because he stood for nothing. Humpty seemed to lose his backbone, his spine and his nerve. He even turned his head as his own once valiant steeds were sent to a cruel and merciless slaughter.

The people slowly turned away from Humpty and his sordid practices and he crumbled and fell off the wall. When that happened, it was too late. Humpty Dumpty was doomed, never to sit on the wall again.

Ahh, but at the Round Table every year, all the King's men met and spun tales of grandeur, but to no avail. They spoke of great deeds and a return to the days of glory, but alas, after the gathering they seemed to be possessed of amnesia, and an entire year would pass until they returned again to sing praises of the glorious deeds they would perform. And so it is in the Kingdom of Horsedom in the 21st century, in America.



Arthur Hancock testifying to congress May 6, 2008

"The real problem with the horse industry is that nobody is in charge. We are a rudderless ship and the way we are going, we will end up on the rocks. Our ship has many captains and they all have a different agenda"
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Veterinarian's Oath: Lexington Herald Leader April 8, 2005

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of livestock resources, the promotion of public health and the advancement of medical knowledge.
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Arthur Hancock Addressing The University of Arizona Symposium on Racing 1991

"We are all gathered together here in Arizona to speak out and do what we can to
help our sport."

Already he has seen the warning signals of the trouble racing is facing and makes suggestions to avert the problem.
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