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Old Friends Receives ASPCA Grant For New Hoop Barn

Old Friends, the non-profit Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, has received a generous grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) to build a hoop barn for winter roll bale storage. Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen made the announcement today. The grant, part of the ASPCA® Rescuing […]

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Mobil Solution Wins Catlaunch Stakes Honoring Beloved Ohio-Bred Millionaire

Saturday’s $75,000 Catlaunch Stakes at JACK Thistledown featured a competitive field of eight of the Buckeye State’s finest Accredited foals, 3-year-olds and up, honoring the memory of one of the best Ohio-breds to ever look through a bridle. The Catlaunch, now in its fifth season, is a one and one-sixteenth mile test set at Thistledown […]

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Old Friends: Former New York Horse Of The Year Say Florida Sandy Dies At 24

Say Florida Sandy, a multiple graded stakes winner and one of the greatest New York-breds of all time, has died.  The 24-year-old stallion, who was retired with Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, passed from an apparent heart attack on July 11, but a full necropsy is pending. Michael Blowen, founder and […]

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Emerald Downs Hosts Old Friends Event On Memorial Day

On Monday, May 28, Memorial Day, Emerald Downs Race Track and Casino in Auburn, WA, will celebrate Thoroughbred Aftercare with a special event for Old Friends, the non-profit Thoroughbred Retirement Facility based in Georgetown, KY. Monday’s spotlight race will be the $50,000 Hastings Stakes, a six furlong contest for older fillies and mares. This will be the […]

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Racehorse Retirees Tour Of The Cat, Catlaunch Pass Away At Old Friends

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility based in Georgetown, KY., announced the passing of two of its most beloved retirees this morning. Multiple graded stakes winner Tour of the Cat, 20, died suddenly at the Old Friends satellite facility at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky. The cause of death was diaphragmatic hernia with entrapped intestine. […]

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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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Multiple Graded Stakes Winner Green Mask Arrives At Old Friends

Multiple graded-stakes winner and sprint superstar Green Mask has been retired to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY. Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the announcement today. Trained most recently by Brad Cox for owner Abdullah Saeed Almaddah, the now 7-year-old gelded son of Mizzen Mast was retired from […]

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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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Old Friends Joins Derby Museum, Hall Of Fame In Membership Sharing Campaign

For 2018 Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY., will again enter into a membership share campaign with the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, KY and The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, NY. With this unique trade, paid members of both museums will earn free tour admission to […]

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Drew Brees’ Autograph Pays For Life-Saving Surgery On Old Friends’ Mare

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility based in Georgetown, KY., is tipping its hat to the NFL this week–especially to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Thanks to the Big Ten record-holder–who will kick-off against the Carolina Panthers in the first NFL Wild Card Round this Sunday–Old Friends was able to give a lasting gift […]

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