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Bloodlines: Hancock-Bred Mastery Shows Classic Promise

That man in Bourbon County. The one who bought in Sunday Silence at the Keeneland July sale, discovered that he had bought the colt for himself because the breeder didn’t want to retain him, and then watched the colt win two-thirds of the Triple Crown. Well, that horse-breeding Arthur Hancock is at it again, and […]

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Zoetis Presents Bloodlines: Sunday Silence Speaks Volumes

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 […]

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My Breeders’ Cup Presented By Woodbine: No Higher Stakes

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 […]

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Zoetis Presents Bloodlines: Deep Bluegrass Roots For Air Force Blue

Although one of several US 2-year-old colts will win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and likely be named champion of his division, there is no great uncertainty among the juvenile colts overseas. Air Force Blue (by War Front) is the top of the tree in England and Ireland after three consecutive G1 victories, the most recent being […]

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Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup Form Coalition To Back Federal Anti-Doping Bill

A diverse group of horse racing and animal welfare organizations today announced the launch of a coalition to support uniform medication standards for Thoroughbred racing and the formal introduction of proposed bipartisan legislation that would grant independent authority over rule‑making, testing and enforcement oversight to an entity created by the U.S. Anti‑Doping Agency (USADA). The […]

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Take Two: Jockey Club, TOBA’s Transparency Program Gets Failing Grade

Whatever happened to transparency and the publication of veterinary records for Kentucky Derby starters and other graded stakes runners? The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association initiative and website, HorseracingReform.com, lists 130 owners who have “voluntarily pledged to make available to the public veterinary records covering a 14-day period preceding the date on […]

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Menifee: South Korea’s Sunday Silence?

Though many American racing fans may remember him mostly as the big bay who finished second to Charismatic in the 1999 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Menifee is making a serious impact in the racing industry—in South Korea. Menifee shipped overseas in 2006 and seems poised to follow a similar path to that of Sunday Silence […]

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The Price of ‘Chrome’: A Triple Crown Winner’s Worth?

As the racing world anxiously awaits California Chrome’s bid for history in the Belmont Stakes, stallion farms are punching calculators to figure out what a Triple Crown winner might be worth to their operation. Or maybe they aren’t. Popularity on the racetrack hasn’t always led to appeal in the breeding shed. While his humble beginnings […]

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Hancock: It’s Time for Congress to Wake Up

I was reading an article the other day about how football star Michael Vick served 21 months in prison followed by two months of home confinement for fighting dogs. While dog fighting is outlawed in every state, it was not the state of Virginia that prosecuted Vick but instead it was the federal government!  Such […]

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Congressional hearing on horse racing: Will it have an impact?

Congressmen Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania and Ed Whitfield of Kentucky got exactly what they must have wanted out of Monday’s hearing of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, titled  “A Review of Efforts to Protect Jockeys and Horses in Horseracing.” The fix was in. The 2 1/2-hour hearing, conducted in Pitts’ home district […]

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