06/06/2016 11:40AM

Claiborne, Al Stall part ways

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Barbara D. Livingston
Departing earned almost $2 million for Claiborne Farm and trainer Al Stall.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The last four horses whom Al Stall Jr. trained for Claiborne Farm have been shipped out to other trainers, thus ending a lengthy relationship that peaked with their Breeders’ Cup Classic victory with Blame in 2010.

Walker Hancock, who last year succeeded his father, Seth Hancock, as Claiborne president, said Sunday that Departing and two other horses were recently sent to Tom Drury, and one was sent to Ben Colebrook. He said his father “felt like we needed to freshen up the racing stable and shake things up a little” and emphasized that the family “left things on very good terms” with Stall.

“Al did a great job for us for a number of years,” said Walker Hancock, 26. “We couldn’t be prouder of the things we accomplished together.”

In April 2009, Stall became the main trainer for Claiborne and its partner Adele Dilschneider upon the retirement of Frank Brothers, who had been their primary trainer for more than a decade. Stall, who worked under Brothers before opening his own stable in 1991, won stakes with 16 horses for Claiborne and Dilschneider, most notably Blame, whose narrow triumph over Zenyatta in the $5 million BC Classic on Nov. 6, 2010, at Churchill Downs was the only defeat for the Hall of Fame-bound mare in 20 career starts. It is widely recognized as one of the most dramatic and important races in the 32 years of the Breeders’ Cup.

Blame, now a 10-year-old stallion at Claiborne, won 9 of 13 starts for earnings of $4,368,214.

Other graded stakes winners Stall trained for Claiborne include Departing, a five-time stakes winner with earnings of $1.86 million; Lea, who eventually was turned over as a 5-year-old to Bill Mott and now is a Claiborne stallion after earning $2.36 million; Vexed, the winner of the 2013 Golden Rod; and Sign, the winner of the 2012 Pocahontas.

Stall won 179 races for earnings of $13,648,638 for the Claiborne/Dilschneider partnership, Claiborne solo, and Dilschneider solo.

Stall, 54, typically trained no more than 10 horses at any given time for Claiborne, which also doled out horses to Mott, Drury, Christophe Clement, Richard Mandella, and Buff Bradley.

Stall is a New Orleans native who returns every winter to race at Fair Grounds while making Louisville his primary residence and Churchill his main year-round training base. He still has about 40 horses for other clients, with most of them at Churchill and the rest at Evangeline Downs.

Claiborne, located just northeast of Lexington in Paris, Ky., was founded in 1910 and has been in the Hancock family for four generations.

Dilschneider, who lives in St. Louis, is a granddaughter of the late chemical tycoon and philanthropist John M. Olin, who owned Cannonade, the 1974 Kentucky Derby winner. She races a handful of horses on her own but has mostly partnered with Claiborne for about 20 years. Stall still trains an unraced 3-year-old filly named Care for her.

Brothers has remained active in the Thoroughbred business as a buyer and consultant for the Starlight Racing partnerships, managed by Jack Wolf.