Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement

Old Friends To Offer Limited Time ‘Horseman’s Tour’ Starting Saturday

Beginning Saturday July 14, Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm based in Georgetown, KY, will offer, for a limited time, a special “Horseman’s Tour” hosted by Kentucky Derby-winning trainer David Cross and retired jockey Joe Steiner. This VIP tour to meet the farm’s many champion Thoroughbreds is a guided walking tour of approximately 60-90-minutes, and will […]

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Old Friends: Private Zone Euthanized After ‘Small Intestinal Colic’

Multiple grade 1 winner Private Zone was euthanized today at Park Equine Hospital at Woodford in Versailles, KY. According to Park’s attending veterinarian, Dr. Bryan Waldridge, the cause of death was complications of duodenitis/proximal jejunitis (anterior enteritis). “This is a small intestinal colic characterized by inactivity of the small intestine and large amounts of reflux […]

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Around The Track Podcast Presented By Taylor Made: From Movie Stars To Racing Stars

Today, the Paulick Report launches the first episode of its new online radio show, the Around the Track Podcast presented by Taylor Made. On Around the Track, you’ll hear how personalities in the world of Thoroughbred racing got their starts, funny and poignant stories from their lives and careers, and discussion of issues important to the […]

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Drefong’s Owners Donate $20,000 To Old Friends

Charles Chu of Baoma Corporation, owner of Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Drefong, has donated $20,000 to Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farms. Chu stated that although his family is relatively new to the horse racing business, he wanted to give back to an industry that’s already given them so many thrills and lasting memories. Chu […]

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Retired Valet Jim Ward, Husband Of Kentucky Equine Medical Director, Dead At 64

James “Jim” William Ward, 64, a retired jockey’s valet and husband of Dr. Mary (Scollay) Ward, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, passed away Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Frankfort, Ky. Mr. Ward was born Aug. 31, 1952, in Chicago Heights, Ill., to the late Bill and Janice Witt Ward.  He worked […]

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Kiri’s Clown, A.P. Slew Die From Complications of Colic

Millionaire and grade 1 winner Kiri’s Clown has died. The 25-year-old stallion, who had been pensioned at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY since 2006, was euthanized December 22 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital due to complications following colic surgery. A full necropsy is pending. Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old […]

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‘History of Old Friends’ Book Released, to Benefit Retired Racehorses

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement center in Georgetown, KY, is pleased to announce the release of the History of Old Friends: A Home for Retired Thoroughbreds, by sports journalist and photographer Rick Capone. Published by the Charleston, S.C. – based History Press, the History of Old Friends tells the definitive story of the central Kentucky farm founded by former […]

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‘Hats Off’ to Silver Ray in This Month’s Old Friends Benefit Auction

Each year, Maggie Mae Designs creates a series of Derby hats inspired by selected residents of Old Friends Retirement farm and every month one hat goes up for auction on eBay to benefit the Kentucky-based charity. This month, the “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby” charity auction honors 25-year-old Old Friends […]

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From Show Biz to Horse Biz: Blowen Talks About ‘Old Friends’

Before he founded a safe haven for retired Thoroughbreds, Old Friends President Michael Blowen spent his days reviewing films and interviewing celebrities as a film critic for The Boston Globe. In an interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader, Blowen says sees a lot of similarities between show business and the horse business. “There’s a lot of […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: Time for Some Humble Pie

What better time than the day after Thanksgiving to have a healthy serving of humble pie? Some of you may remember back in early August I threw down the gauntlet and challenged anyone and everyone to take me on in a handicapping challenge, specifically for year two of FantasyCapping.com, the Breeders’ Cup fantasy league. I […]

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