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“Wise Dan Day” Celebration At Old Friends July 6

Old Friends, a Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, KY, will host “Wise Dan Day” on Saturday, July 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. at their farm at 1841 Paynes Depot Road. The two-time Horse of the Year, multiple Eclipse winner, and two-time Breeders’ Cup Champion will make a special ambassador appearance at the organization’s main […]

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‘One Of Racing’s Great Warriors’: Millionaire Hogy Retired To Old Friends Farm

Hogy, the multiple graded stakes winner, has been retired from racing and will be pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY. Bred by Dr. John E. Little in Kentucky, Hogy (Offlee Wild -Floy, by Petionvillle), finishes his seven-year career with 55 starts and 19 wins and earnings of $1,339,782. The near-black […]

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Breeders’ Cup, Maker’s Mark Unveil Mike Smith Bottle As Part Of Charity Fundraiser

Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, and Maker’s Mark®, the original premium bourbon, today announced the 2019 Limited-Edition Maker’s Mark bottle from the Champions for Charity program, which began in 2015, with the goal of raising money for local and Thoroughbred-industry charities. Now in its fifth year, the partnership continues a […]

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Old Friends: Chilean Champion Santona Euthanized Due To Colic Complications

Chilean champion Santona has died. The 25-year-old mare was euthanized at Park Equine Hospital at Woodford on May 5th due to complications from colic. Santona had been pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, since 2011. Michael Blowen, founder and President of Old Friends, made the announcement of her passing today. […]

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Danthebluegrassman Euthanized At 20 Due To Irreparable Small Intestinal Obstruction

Danthebluegrassman, a 2002 Kentucky Derby contender, was euthanized Monday March 19, at Park Equine Hospital in Woodford due to an irreparable small intestinal obstruction that was causing chronic colic. The 20-year-old gelding had been pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, KY., since 2008. A son of Pioneering, out of the Grey […]

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Old Friends Receives Donation Of Stone Grave Markers From Kentucky Monument

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, KY., has received a gracious donation from the Bardstown-based Kentucky Monument company. Owned by Pat and Shannon Spalding, and specializing in granite headstones and personalized memorials, Kentucky Monument has donated three new markers for graves in Old Friends’s horse cemetery. In addition, the company has made a […]

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Old Friends: 28-Year-Old Australian Champion Bint Marscay Euthanized

1993 Golden Slipper winner Bint Marscay has died. The 28-year-old mare, who resided at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, was euthanized Monday evening due to complications of chronic arthritis. Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the announcement Tuesday morning. Bred and campaigned in Australia, the daughter of Marscay […]

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Silver Ray, Graded Stakes Winner And Slaughter Rescue, Dies At 30 At Old Friends

Silver Ray, a graded stakes winner who was rescued from potential slaughter in 2013, was euthanized yesterday due to chronic orthopedic disease at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY. The stallion was 30 years old. Bred in Kentucky, Silver Ray (Silver Hawk -Danceland, by Little Current) won six of his 26 starts for owners Jerry […]

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Hold Your Horses: Blowen Clarifies Old Friends Relationship To New California Facility

Michael Blowen, founder and President of Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility based in Georgetown, KY, wishes to clarify an unauthorized press release issued yesterday announcing the affiliate “Old Friends West”. According to Blowen, no official agreement has been made with Elizabeth Neil or Doug Freeland to open a West Coast-based Thoroughbred retirement facility. Mr. […]

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‘Beloved Champs’ Wake Forest, Kharafa Arrive At Old Friends

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, KY., announced on Tuesday the arrival of two new notable retirees: Grade 1 winner Wake Forest and stakes winner Kharafa. Wake Forest was a Group 3 winner in Germany before relocating to trainer Chad Brown’s barn in 2015 for owners Michael Dubb, Sol Kumin and his Sheep […]

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