Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
A. B. Hancock Sr.
1875 - 1957
Arthur Boyd Hancock Sr. was the son of Capt. Richard Hancock, who established Ellerslie as the leading horse farm in Virginia late in the 19th Century. Arthur Sr. returned from the University of Chicago in 1895 to assist his father, and later, as head of Ellerslie, held onto the farm and broodmares despite the near demise of racing during a wave of antagonistic legislation. In 1915, Hancock started a second farm, in Paris, Ky., on land inherited by his wife, Nancy Clay. After running both farms for some years, Hancock closed Ellerslie and concentrated on the Kentucky farm, which had been named Claiborne. Hancock arranged small syndicates which brought distinguished European horses Sir Gallahad III and Blenheim II to stand at Claiborne Farm. He raised champions for clients such as William Woodward Sr. and Mrs. Henry Carnegie Phipps, while horses bred by Hancock himself made him America's leading breeder in money earned five times and in races won nine times. The 138 stakes winners Hancock bred included Kentucky Derby winners Johnstown and Jet Pilot. Hancock was one of three original voting trustees of Keeneland Association. A son, Bull Hancock, and grandson, Seth Hancock, followed him in maintaining Claiborne Farm's high standing among international Thoroughbred farms.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
1. A. B. Hancock Sr. Marker
2.521′ N, 84° 29.436′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 60) and Midland Avenue (U.S. 60), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in Thoroughbred Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington KY 40508, United States of America.
By Ken Smith, July 11, 2012
2. A. B. Hancock Sr. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George M. Humphrey (here, next to this marker); Warren Wright, Sr. (here, next to this marker); John D. Hertz (here, next to this marker); Daniel Swigert (a few steps from this marker); George D. Widener (a few steps from this marker); William Woodward, Sr. (a few steps from this marker); Isabel Dodge Sloane (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Elisha Warfield (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
Also see . . . Start with this plaque. The page for this plaque has a Related Markers list of all the plaques in Thoroughbred Park. You can use that list to easily page through all of the markers. (Submitted on August 19, 2012.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 11, 2012, by Ken Smith of Milan, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.