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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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One-Eyed Fan Favorite Patch Will Be Retired To Old Friends

Fourteenth in the 2017 Kentucky Derby, Calumet Farm’s fan favorite Patch will be retiring to Lexington, Ky.’s Old Friends Farm this year. Park Equine Hospital announced the news on Facebook Thursday afternoon, stating that the 6-year-old son of Union Rags was getting checked out at the facility before his retirement. The one-eyed horse’s most notable […]

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Breeders’ Cup’s Peggy Gdovka Joins Old Friends Board Of Directors

Old Friends, the non-profit Thoroughbred Retirement Facility based in Georgetown, KY., elected Peggy Gdovka to its Board of Directors at a meeting held December 4, 2019.  Gdovka, currently the Sr. Director of Corporate Partnerships & Licensing/Merchandising for Breeders’ Cup Ltd., will begin her term immediately.  Growing up in Woodford County, Gdovka cultivated a strong love of […]

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Two-Time Breeders’ Cup Winner Stormy Liberal Retired To Old Friends

Following a disagreement between his owner and former trainer, champion Stormy Liberal has been retired to Old Friends Farm in Kentucky, the Daily Racing Form reported Wednesday. Owner David Bernsen delivered the news following medical tests in Florida that revealed problems with the 7-year-old gelding’s ankles. Bernsen was looking into whether Stormy Liberal could continue […]

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A Decade In, How Are We Doing With Thoroughbred Aftercare?

A decade ago, the word “aftercare” was not part of the industry vernacular when talking about Thoroughbreds leaving the racetrack. There were a handful of nonprofits which had battled the tide of horses retiring from racing for years. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation launched in 1983, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program in 1992, Thoroughbred Charities of […]

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Bill Fletcher Canvas Auctioned To Benefit Old Friends

This week, EBTH (Everything but the House) Online Auction site will offer an oil on canvas landscape by Kentucky native Bill Fletcher. This painting has been generously donated and proceeds will benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement. For additional images, information, terms and conditions, or to make a bid, please click here or visit the ebth […]

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Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Accredits 40 Organizations In 2019

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced today that 40 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations have been awarded accreditation effective immediately. The list of 40 organizations includes 32 that were reaccredited and eight that received accreditation for the first time. The TAA, the only accrediting body in Thoroughbred aftercare, now has a network of 74 organization with approximately 160 […]

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TAA Named Official Aftercare Partner Of the 2019 Breeders’ Cup 

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has been named the official aftercare partner of the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park. The TAA is also an official charity of the Breeders’ Cup, along with TAA-accredited Old Friends, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, and other nonprofits. TAADuring the World Championships, the TAA will […]

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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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