Conversations With Champions: Seth Hancock

Georgetown College’s “Conversation with Champions” program, hosted by celebrated sports columnist Billy Reed, continues for its second year. The discussion with celebrated athletes and individuals involved in management of athletics at both the collegiate and professional level focuses particularly on restoring character, ethics and integrity to sports. The “Conversations” are videotaped for later broadcast on KET’s Kentucky Network (KETKY).

Claiborne Farm is a thoroughbred Horse breeding operation in near Paris, Kentucky. It was established in 1910, by Arthur B. Hancock, owner of Ellerslie Farm in Albemarle County, Virginia, and has been operated by members of his family ever since. In 1972, Seth Hancock, stepped up to make his own headlines when he syndicated Secretariat for a record $6 million. This was merely the launch of an era of Seth’s leadership of Claiborne, which mirrors that of his ancestors and continues nearly four decades later. Again, the underpinning of Claiborne was the management of its own and clients’ high quality broodmare bands, while the headlines were provided by the stallions and race horses. Seth has matched the parade of stallions acquired and managed by his father and grandfather, as such names as Mr. Prospector, Danzig, and Seeking the Gold took their places in history. Modern stallions have increased to 27 the number of times the leading sire of the year has stood at Claiborne Farm. Meanwhile, Seth won a Kentucky Derby with Swale, campaigned two-time Breeders’ Cup winner Lure, bred and raced champion Forty Niner, and authored a lasting influence on the international Turf as the breeder of stallions Nureyev and Caerleon and the dam of Sadler’s Wells. The strand of Claiborne Farm’s influence has been strong and unbroken, and now leads into its second century.



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