Confusion surrounds the exact foal date for Joe Hancock. By some accounts it
was 1923, other say 1925. It doesn't really matter. Those who saw him run claimed
that he could run so fast he'd bring tears to the rider's eyes.
Named after his owner on the day of his first race, Joe Hancock began his racing career
in Comanche, Oklahoma. Decendants of his owner claim he was never beaten in the quarter
mile, and only once in a half mile race. He soon reached the point where he ran out of
A bad infection from a wire cut led to his demise in 1943, but many ropers of today
consider Joe Hancock to be the greatest sire of rope horses ever. In 1992 Joe Hancock
was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.