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.

Lyle Ware 6 months ago
As a horse owner and the one who pays the bills it should be your right to have them trained as you like and by who you want.  I find it difficult to fault owners when you have no insights into the matter, and no money involved. Im sure a quality trainer like Al Stall will fine other who require his services.  Nothing is pomised for ever in life or the horse business.  If you don't have a dog in the hunt you shouldn't comment.
Chas More than 1 year ago
Like father, like son...two Hancocks, Seth and Walter, who clearly did not learn and retain anything about horses from Bull Hancock, Jr. who learned from Arthur, the founder of Claiborne Farms...
Stall did a great job with their horses who are very good but nothing like Blame...another case of horse racing reality vs. owner reality...9 out 10 times a huge difference...
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
The bad branch of the family... kudos to Arthur
Chris Cahill More than 1 year ago
Two kinds of owners, those that have fired you, and those that are going to fire you.
Pat Wood More than 1 year ago
Odd move...a young Justin Zayat in Walker Hancock's clothes.
Betcha Al's not happy.
Pat Wood More than 1 year ago
Oh, 'they left things on very good terms.'
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
You mean, spoiled brat? Oh, yes...
Michael Zeisler More than 1 year ago
Al Stal is one of the most respected trainers in the game Claiborne's Loss.
realgooddogtoo More than 1 year ago
The Claiborne farm have been changing trainers all the time, doesn't make any different if the current trainer does well or not. Al Stall is one of the best, he runs a good stable with good help and dedicated people in the barns.
Vikki Tucker More than 1 year ago
I am sorry to hear this, Stall is widely respected here in Louisiana. There are more & better things for him to come
slewofdamascus More than 1 year ago
I'm pretty sure Lukas trains for Claiborne, also, although I could be wrong. I was looking at his formulator record for what I think was Clairborne (but might have been another big name) and he was like 2 for 91 or something over last 5 years. 
Diana More than 1 year ago
I think you're thinking of the 'new' Calumet
slewofdamascus More than 1 year ago
ty, that was it. 
Michael Zeisler More than 1 year ago
I don't think I've ever seen Wayne train for Claiborne
RoddyVal More than 1 year ago
Shake things up !!!!  How many other Breeder Cup classics have you won..Loyalty is a FOREGONE word in this game...
vicspin More than 1 year ago
 You got that right Roddy.  The game could use a bunch more owners like yourself.
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
That branch of the family is no account, anyway. What was Bull thinking?