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Hancock, Woodward elected to racing Hall

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Arthur B. “Bull” Hancock Jr. and William Woodward Sr., prominent thoroughbred breeders and owners, have been elected to racing’s Hall of Fame in the Pillars of the Turf category.

The announcement was made Wednesday by the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.

Hancock and Woodward will be inducted on Aug. 12, along with horses Rachel Alexandra, Tom Ochiltree and Zenyatta; jockeys Ramon Dominguez and Wayne Wright; and trainer Steve Asmussen.

Hancock, who died in 1972 at the age of 62, took over Claiborne Farm in the late 1940s after his father became ill. Among the top sires that stood at the farm were Bold Ruler, Nasrullah and Princequillo.

From 1952-72, Claiborne produced at least one divisional champion every year. Hancock also was a leader in forming several owners and breeders organizations.

Woodward, who died in 1953 at the age of 77, bred 101 stakes winners, including Triple Crown winners Gallant Fox (1930) and Omaha (1935). He was chairman of The Jockey Club for 20 years, from 1930-50.

The pillars category honors those who have made extraordinary contributions to racing as pioneers or leaders.