John Hancock is a third generation horseman who has been at Ellis Park for 49 years. He first wrapped a horse’s ankles when he was 6-years-old. Hancock is taking a different approach. Having managed mostly lower-end stock throughout his 30-year stint as a thoroughbred trainer, Hancock has turned to 2-year-olds and it’s been working well for him. Trainer John Hancock, who is also on the Board of the Kentucky HBPA, has some promising 2-year-olds at Ellis Park and is looking forward to the 2016 meet. Hancock, 50, said he has been coming to work at the same barn at Ellis since he was 6. His mother, wife, daughter, and brother all are key in the operation, with most of them holding down outside jobs while helping to keep the stable running smoothly. Hancock said he has about 16 horses at Ellis, mostly 2-year-olds including two which are Debutante starters.