Grade 2 winner Eye of the Tiger has been pensioned to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY.
Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the announcement today.
Fifth in the 2003 Kentucky Derby behind winner Funny Cide, and winner of both the Affirmed and Washington Park Handicaps, Eye of the Tiger was retired from racing in 2006 with five wins from 19 starts and earnings of $535,679 for breeder/owner John D. Gunther.
He has stood at Gunther's Glennwood Farm near Versailles, Ky. — which also bred newly minted Triple Crown winner Justify–since then, but was pensioned from stud duty in 2016. The now 18-year-old stallion arrived at Old Friends on June 27.
“Eye of the Tiger he has been a long-time member of our horse family,” said Glennwood's Tanya Gunther. “He deserves the serenity that this home will provide him, which was a challenge to do at our small farm with the constant hustle and bustle of mares, foals, and yearlings.
“To know he will join the company of Classic horses such as War Emblem, Silver Charm, and Touch Gold makes me very pleased,” Gunther added. “Imagine the stories they will share? A big thank you to Old Friends, and we look forward to visiting him very soon.”
“We're so very thrilled to welcome Eye of the Tiger,” said Old Friends's Blowen. “We can't thank the Gunthers enough for trusting us with his care. This is a beautiful stallion with a great story to tell, and I'm sure he will be a big fan favorite.”
Old Friends offers guided walking tours of the farm daily at 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Fans can visit with Eye of the Tiger and other well-know champions of the turf, including Kentucky Derby – Preakness winners Silver Charm and War Emblem.
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