As you read through Thoroughbred pedigrees or look at the champions
of past and present, you soon realize that the American Thoroughbred
would not be what it is today without the influence of the Hancock
family. For almost a century and a half, the Hancocks have placed an
indelible fingerprint on the pedigree pages of the Thoroughbred in
America and, indeed, throughout the world.
Frank Mitchell has spent countless hours interviewing members of the
Hancock family. He has delved into the history, horses, partnerships and
more in his quest to chronicle this dynasty of American racing.
It has been said that the secret to the success of the Hancocks and
Claiborne Farm was the philosophy that success lies not in breeding the
occasional champion, but rather in controlling the bloodlines the
champions of the future come from. Here are the business strategies, the
breeding theories, the champion horses, of the generations of diligent,
insightful men and women who have given so much to the industry.
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