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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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“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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