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Full Sister To Juvenile Champion Air Force Blue Foaled At Kentucky’s Stone Farm

A full sister to 2015 Champion Juvenile Air Force Blue was foaled March 9 at Arthur B. Hancock III’s Stone Farm, in Paris, Kentucky.  The filly is out of the stakes-placed Maria’s Mon mare Chatham and is by top sire War Front. Air Force Blue, who also was foaled and raised at Stone Farm, won […]

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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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Goodbye, Mr. Phipps: The Derby As A Late In Life Reward

With the Kentucky Derby just a few days away, thoughts turn to those who had to wait until late in life to experience the thrill of smelling the roses. I knew trainer Mack Miller, the courtly Kentuckian, and when he and Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stables won with Sea Hero in 1993, I thought everything was […]

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Kentucky-Bred Air Force Blue Heavy Favorite For Saturday’s 2000 Guineas

The Coolmore-owned sophomore colt Air Force Blue will make his 2016 debut for trainer Aidan O’Brien in Saturday’s Group 1 Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in Great Britain. According to racingpost.com, the champion 2-year-old is the heavy favorite for the first leg of the Triple Crown. By War Front, Air Force Blue was bred in […]

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Hancock: A Proud ‘Elitist,’ And In Good Company

I was a bit puzzled when at a recent HBPA conference a radio host by the name of Stephen Byk referred to those of us who are trying to clean up our sport and protect our horses as “elitists.” I have been fighting this battle against the liberal use of drugs in horse racing for […]

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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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Chamblin: Uniform Rules, Drug-Free Racing Sport’s ‘Only Hope’

In July, congressmen Andy Barr and Paul Tonko introduced the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015, which would establish an “independent, non-governmental anti-doping authority responsible for implementing a national uniform medication program with input from the Thoroughbred industry.” In a recent opinion piece for the Lexington Herald-Leader, Tony Chamblin, who has been involved in the […]

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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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