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Bull Hancock changed the game after inheriting Claiborne Farm following his father's death, standing some of the sports greatest sires at his farm. (Photos courtesy of Keeneland Library)

Majestic bloodlines are a vital facet of horse racing and can be found in many of the sport’s great champions as well as the places where they were born.

Claiborne Farm has been one of the world’s premier breeding farms for more than 70 years, and is now run by Seth Hancock, who is carrying on a more than a century-old family business that enjoyed tremendous success under the control of his father, Arthur B. Hancock Jr.

Arthur "Bull" Hancock Jr.

Born: Jan. 24, 1910, Bourbon County, Ky.

Died: Sept. 14, 1972, Nashville, Tenn.

Notable: Owner of famed Claiborne Farm

In the long and proud history of breeding horses, few individuals have been as successful and influential as Arthur “Bull” Hancock.

Hancock, who was born in 1910, was a second-generation horseman as his father, Arthur B. Hancock Sr., was one of the most famous breeders and bloodstock advisers of his era. Hancock Sr. operated the famed Ellerslie Farm in Virginia as well as Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky.

Following his father’s death in 1957, “Bull” Hancock inherited Claiborne Farm and not only did he continue his family’s history of success, he elevated it. Hancock turned Claiborne into an industry leader that has been the home to the leading sire of the year on 27 occasions and has produced a who’s-who’s of the sport’s greatest runners and sires.

Hancock had put Claiborne’s success in motion in 1950 when he imported Nasrullah, England’s top 2-year-old colt in 1942. The son of Nearco became an exceptional sire in the United States. He produced 98 stakes winners, with sons like Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner and 1955 Horse of the Year Nashua, Preakness winner and 1957 Horse of the Year Bold Ruler, Belmont Stakes winner Jaipur and two-time Washington D.C. International winner Bald Eagle.

On five occasions from 1955 through 1962, Nasrullah was the leading sire in North America.

Hancock then trumped that success when the Phipps family retired Bold Ruler and sent him to Claiborne.

Bold Ruler proved an even better sire than his illustrious father as he was the leading sire for seven straight years in 1963 through 1969.

He also produced one of the sport’s greatest champions when he sired 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat.

Bold Ruler died in 1971 before Secretariat’s Triple Crown sweep, but even though he only lived to be 17, he produced 11 champions. The stellar group included Bold Bidder, Lamb Chop, Bold Lad, Queen Empress, Gamely, Bold Lad, Successor, Queen of the Stage, Vitriolic, Secretariat and Wajima.

He was also the grandsire of champions like Bold Forbes, Ruffian, Foolish Pleasure and Spectacular Bid.

THE HANCOCK FAMILY (Bull and Waddell Hancock (center) , Arthur and Clay (standing), and Seth and Dell (seated))

Hancock Family Keeneland

During that same era, Hancock bred and raced Round Table, who earned $1.7 million, was Horse of the Year in 1958 and is considered one of America’s greatest turf runners.

Round Table joined the stable of outstanding sires at Claiborne in 1959 and sired 83 stakes winners. He was the nation’s leading sire in 1972.

Hancock also syndicated English Triple Crown winner Nijinsky II for $5.4 million and brought him to Claiborne where he sired 155 stakes winners, including Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Ferdinand, Breeders’ Cup winners Dancing Spree and Royal Academy, Canadian Hall of Famer Sky Classic, the undefeated Lammtarra, and Seattle Dancer, who sold for $13.1 million in 1985.

Secretariat was perhaps Claiborne’s most famous horse, but Hancock was not there to revel in the success of Bold Ruler’s greatest son.  Hancock was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1972 and passed away on Sept. 14, 1972, two days before Secretariat won the Futurity at Belmont Park.

A few months after his father death, Seth Hancock put his own touch on Claiborne’s legacy by organizing the record-breaking $6.08 million syndication deal for Secretariat.

The news of Secretariat’s syndication, which came prior to his Triple Crown glory, stunned many in the horse racing industry. Yet anyone with a true appreciation of bloodlines should not have been surprised. As a son of Arthur “Bull” Hancock, Seth Hancock had the right pedigree for success in the breeding industry.

Fun Facts about Arthur B. Hancock Jr.

  • Hancock also served as the racing manager for the Phipps’ great champion Buckpasser.
  • Round Table and Bold Ruler were both foaled at Claiborne on April 6, 1954.
  • Hancock bred and raced Sham, who became Secretariat’s greatest rival. Sham began his racing career for Claiborne in 1972 but was sold at a dispersal following Hancock’s death. Sigmund Sommer bought Sham for $200,000 and turned him over to trainer Frank Martin, setting the stage for classic races against Secretariat in the 1973 Wood, Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

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Arthur ‘Bull’ Hancock: El que cambió el juego - Traducción por Michael Burns 

Bull Hancock Hero -Keeneland

Bull Hancock cambió el juego, luego de heredar Claiborne Farm después de la muerte de su padre, prestigiando su Haras con algunos de los mejores padrillos del deporte. (Fotos cortesía de la Biblioteca de Keeneland )

Majestuosas corrientes de sangre son una faceta vital en las carreras de caballos y se pueden encontrar en muchos de los grandes campeones de este deporte, así como en los lugares donde nacieron. 

Claiborne Farm ha sido uno de los criaderos más importantes del mundo durante más de 70 años, y ahora está dirigido por Seth Hancock, quien tiene a su cargo una empresa familiar centenaria que disfrutó de un gran éxito bajo el control de su padre, Arthur B. Hancock Jr.

Arthur "Bull" Hancock Jr.

Nació: Ene. 24, 1910, Bourbon County, Ky.

Falleció: Sept. 14, 1972, Nashville, Tenn.

Notoriedad: Propietario del famoso
Claiborne Farm

En la larga y orgullosa historia de la crianza de caballos, pocas personas han sido tan exitosos e influyentes como Arthur "Bull" Hancock.

Hancock, nacido en 1910 , era un turfman de segunda generación, como su padre, Arthur B. Hancock Sr., quien fue uno de los criadores y asesores de pura sangre más famosos de su época . Hancock Sr. operó el famoso Ellerslie Farm en Virginia, así como Claiborne Farm en Paris, Kentucky.

Tras la muerte de su padre en 1957, "Bull " Hancock heredó Claiborne Farm, y no sólo continuó la historia del éxito de su familia, sino que lo elevó . Hancock volvió a Claiborne en un líder de la industria, habiendo sido el hogar del padrillo líder del año en 27 ocasiones y produciendo el quién-es-quién entre los más grandes ejemplares y reproductores de este deporte.

Hancock había puesto el éxito de Claiborne en marcha en 1950, cuando importó a Nasrullah, el mejor potrillo de 2 años de edad de Inglaterra en 1942. El hijo de Nearco se convirtió en un excepcional padrillo en los Estados Unidos. Él produjo 98 ganadores clásicos, con hijos como Nashua, ganador del Preakness y el Belmont Stakes  y Caballo del Año en 1955; Bold Ruler, ganador del Preakness y Caballo del Año en 1957; Jaipur, ganador del Belmont Stakes;  y Bald Eagle, dos veces ganador del Washington D.C. Internacional.

En cinco ocasiones desde 1955 hasta 1962  Nasrullah fue el padrillo líder en Norteamérica.

Hancock luego sobrepasó ese éxito cuando la familia Phipps retiró a Bold Ruler y se lo envió a Claiborne.

Bold Ruler probó ser un mejor reproductor que su ilustre padre, siendo el padrillo líder durante siete años consecutivos de 1963 a 1969.

También produjo uno de los más grandes campeones de este deporte cuando engendró al campeón de la Triple Corona de 1973, Secretariat.

Bold Ruler murió en 1971 antes que Secretariat barriera la Triple Corona, pero a pesar de que sólo vivió hasta los 17 años, produjo 11 campeones. El grupo estelar incluyó a Bold Bidder, Lamb Chop, Bold Lad, Queen Empress, Gamely, Bold Lad, Successor, Queen of the Stage, Secretariat y Wajima.

También fue el abuelo de campeones como Bold Forbes, Ruffian, Foolish Pleasure y Spectacular Bid.

LA FAMILIA HANCOCK (Bull y Waddell Hancock (centro) , Arthur y Clay (parados), y Seth y Dell (sentados))

Hancock Family Keeneland

Durante esa misma época , Hancock crió y corrió a Round Table, que ganó US $ 1,7 millones, fue el caballo del año en 1958 y es considerado uno de los mejores caballos del césped de Estados Unidos.

Round Table se unió a los excepcionales jefes de raza y reproductores de Claiborne en 1959 y produjo a 83 ganadores clásicos. Fue el padrillo líder de la nación en 1972.

Hancock también sindicalizó al Triple Coronado Inglés Nijinsky II por $5.4 millones y lo trajo a Claiborne donde produjo a 155 ganadores clásicos, incluso el ganador del Derby de Kentucky y Breeders´Cup Classic, Ferdinand; los ganadores de las Breeders´Cup Dancing Spree y Royal Academy; al Miembro del Salón de la Fama Canadiénse, Sky Classic; al invicto Lammtarra; y  a Seattle Dancer, quien se vendió por $13.1 millones en 1985.

Secretariat fue quizás el caballo más famoso de Claiborne, pero Hancock no estuvo allí para deleitarse con el éxito del mejor hijo de Bold Ruler. Hancock fue diagnosticado con cáncer de páncreas en 1972 y falleció el 14 de septiembre de 1972, dos días antes de que Secretariat ganara el Futurity en Belmont Park.

Pocos meses después de la muerte de su padre, Seth Hancock puso su propio toque al legado de Claiborne, organizando la sindicalización de Secretariat por el récord de 6,08 millones dólares.

La noticia de la sindicalización de Secretaríat, que llegó antes de su gloria en la Triple Corona , sorprendió a muchos en la industria de las carreras de caballos. Sin embargo, cualquier persona con una verdadera apreciación de líneas de sangre no debería haberse sorprendido. Como hijo de Arthur "Bull" Hancock, Seth Hancock tenía el pedigrí adecuado para el éxito en la industria de la crianza.

Datos curiosos sobre Arthur B. Hancock Jr.

  • Hancock también se desempeñó como director de carreras del gran campeón de la familia Phipps, Buckpasser.
  • Round Table y Bold Ruler nacieron ambos en Claiborne el 6 de abril de 1954.
  • Hancock crió y corrió a Sham, que se convirtió en el mayor rival de Secretariat. Sham comenzó su campaña en las pistas para Claiborne en 1972, pero fue vendido en una liquidación tras la muerte de Hancock. Sigmund Sommer  compró a Sham por 200.000 dólares y se lo entregó al entrenador Frank Martin, preparando el escenario para las carreras clásicas contra Secretariat en el Wood de 1973, Kentucky Derby, Preakness y Belmont Stakes.
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Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

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Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

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