Alphabet Soup

Old Friends’ ‘Homecoming’ Event Scheduled For Sunday, May 6

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, will host its 14th Annual Homecoming event, sponsored NTRA Advantage, Daily Racing Form, Hagyard Pharmacy, and Red Brand Fence, on Sunday May 6, 2018 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $15 for Old Friends “Clubhouse” members (children 12 and under are […]

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Barn Buddies: Alphabet Soup’s Donkey

Old Friends is home to the first two companion animals ever featured in our Barn Buddies series – Yahoo and Google, the goats who keep Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner Eldaafer company. In October, the retirement home added another four-legged species to its ranks: a donkey by the name of Gorgeous George. Old Friends Founder Michael […]

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Arthur’s Pass By A Nose In Inaugural Color-Restricted Grey Handicap

The sun was out for Grey Day at Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday creating a dazzling sight in the first ever all-grey race on the Toronto turf course. The aptly named Gray Phantom and Arthur’s Pass emerged from the cloud of runners in the stretch with the latter ultimately edging out the former in a photo finish to […]

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Old Friends’ Annual ‘Homecoming’ Fundraiser Scheduled For Sunday After Derby

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, will host its Annual “Homecoming” sponsored by Red Brand, Daily Racing Form, and NTRA Advantage, on Sunday May 7th, 2017 from 1 pm to 5 pm. The event is an open house and fundraiser and 2017 marks its 13th year. Tickets are $25 for the general […]

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Scrambled: Little Red Feather Purchases G1 Winner Egg Drop’s First Foal

Billy Koch, founder and managing partner of the Little Red Feather Racing ownership group, purchased a feisty gray daughter of Alphabet Soup at the 2010 OBS Yearling Sale. Named Egg Drop, she would go on to become the partnership’s second ever Grade 1 winner (following Singletary, 2004 Breeders’ Cup Mile). When Koch and the group […]

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Alphabet Soup: Cancer Treatment Demonstrating ‘Shrinkage’ Of Melanomas

The 1996 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup, pensioned to Old Friends Farm in 2015, has been undergoing a series of technologically-advanced cancer treatments over the past several months. As is common in gray horses, Alphabet Soup had developed melanomas, or areas of skin cancer, around his tail. According to bloodhorse.com, the treatments have resulted […]

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Melatonin ‘Peaking At The Right Moment’ For Classic

Meet David Hofmans, the Giant Killer of the Breeders’ Cup. Consider the fact that he saddled Adoration, at 40-1 the longest shot on the board, to win the 2003 Distaff under Patrick Valenzuela; Desert Code at 36-1 with Richard Migliore up to win the 2008 Turf Sprint; and Alphabet Soup to upset two-time Horse of […]

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After 13-Month Layoff, Calculator Makes Successful Return To Racing

Richard Pell’s Calculator made a successful return to the races on Saturday, winning his comeback race at Santa Anita in a gutsy effort over well-regarded Bob Baffert trainee Fusaichi Samurai. The 4-year-old gray colt was an early leader on last year’s Kentucky Derby trail until he was sidelined by an ankle fracture. Before that, the […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: After Fire, Old Friends Finds New Friends

Just a week ago while most of the Bluegrass was waking up to more than 10 inches of snow, Old Friends founder Michael Blowen was jolted awake with the panicked calls of “Fire! Fire! The barn is on fire!” As fate would have it, farm assistant James Crump and wife Tammy had spent the night […]

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Fasig-Tipton’s Blue Horse Charities Gives $50,000 Toward New Barn For Old Friends

On January 24, 2016, fire destroyed a “hospital” barn at the Old Friends farm in Georgetown, Kentucky.  Old Friends is a retirement sanctuary for more than 150 Thoroughbreds including such racetrack heroes as Silver Charm, Sarava, Alphabet Soup, War Emblem and Game On Dude. Today, Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen announced that Fasig-Tipton, […]

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