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‘Monday Mornings With Michael’: Old Friends Debuts Virtual Tours

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Kentucky, today debuted the first in a series of Virtual Farm Tours that will enable fans to continue to access the non-profit organization’s 100-plus equine retirees at its Georgetown location during the COVID-19 quarantine. The series, dubbed “Monday Mornings with Michael”, is hosted by Old Friends founder Michael […]

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‘Devastated By His Unexpected Passing’: Old Friends Releases Necropsy Result For War Emblem

Michael Blowen, founder and President of Old Friends, the nonprofit Thoroughbred Retirement Farm based in Kentucky, today released the findings of the necropsy report regarding the recent passing of 2002 Kentucky Derby – Preakness winner War Emblem. War Emblem, 21, was found deceased at Old Friends on March 11, 2020 after what was initially perceived […]

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‘He Was One Of The Very Special Ones’: Dual Classic Winner War Emblem Dies At Age 21

War Emblem, the 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, has died. The dual classic winner, who had been pensioned at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky., since 2015, was found deceased early Wednesday morning. The cause of death is perceived to be a fatal paddock accident, but exact details are unknown. However, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Sprint Winner Cajun Beat Dies At Old Friends

Cajun Beat, the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner, has died. The 20-year-old son of Grand Slam had been pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility based in Georgetown, KY., since 2016. Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen made the announcement of his passing this morning. Details of Cajun Beat’s death are pending following […]

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11-Year-Old Millionaire Slim Shadey Pensioned To Old Friends

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement farm based in Georgetown, KY., today welcomed long-time turf hero Slim Shadey. The 11-year-old gelding was pensioned by current owner Michael Hui after a nine-year career. Slim Shadey made his final start on August 2 at Indiana Grand. A two-time graded-stakes winner, Slim Shadey was bred in Great Britain by […]

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Old Friends To Host ‘Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum’ Weekends In September

Old Friends, The Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, KY, will host a children’s reading and art event highlighted by the newly published Dr. Seuss book, Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum (Penguin Random House), for two weekends in September. The events, to be held Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 and again on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, […]

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New Retiree, Millionaire Soi Phet Arrives At Old Friends

Old Friends today welcomed new retiree Soi Phet, the 11-year-old son of Tizbud who was pensioned following his 64th and final start on June 29 at Los Alamitos. The dark bay gelding arrived at Lexington Bluegrass Airport this afternoon via H E Tex Sutton Forwarding Co., and was vanned to Old Friends’s Georgetown, KY., farm […]

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‘No Longer Cost Effective’: Old Friends To Close Kentucky Downs Location

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY.,  announced today that the organization will permanently close its satellite division based at Kentucky Downs, the racetrack and historical racing gaming facility in Franklin, KY., at the end of July. The division is home to seven Old Friends retirees, including Canadian Horse of the Year Thornfield, Kentucky […]

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Diversify Heading To Old Friends; Blowen Hoping To Honor Rick Violette Jr. With New Facility

Ralph and Lauren Evans’ recently retired two-time Grade 1 winning New York-bred Diversify is on his way to Old Friends Equine, a Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-accredited facility in Kentucky. Originally trained by the late Rick Violette, Jr., who died in October 2018, Diversify was transferred to the care of Jonathan Thomas to prepare for his 2019 campaign. After […]

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