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Hats Off To The Horses: Slim Shadey Chapeau Will Be Auctioned To Benefit Old Friends

The annual “Hats off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby” online fashion auction continues this week with a new Derby-style chapeau going on the virtual block to raise money for Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY. This is the 11th consecutive year that Old Friends has joined with acclaimed milliner […]

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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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Horses On Demand: The Thoroughbred Industry’s Virtual Farm Tour Directory

With a growing portion of the population staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Thoroughbred farms in Kentucky are helping folks pass the time by offering virtual tours through their social media channels. The first farm to open its doors to the quarantined public in this manner was Claiborne Farm, which walked […]

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Pollard’s Vision, Sire Of Champion Blind Luck, Lands At Old Friends

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY., has welcomed new retiree Pollard’s Vision. The multiple graded stakes winner and one-time Kentucky Derby hopeful, who is now 19, arrived from Mighty Acres in Pryor, OK, where he has stood since 2015. Blind in his right eye since birth, Pollard’s Vision was named after Seabiscuit […]

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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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Grade 1 Winner Game On Dude Nominated To National Museum Of Racing And Hall of Fame

Earlier today the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announced its nominees for induction in the class of 2020. Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement farm in Georgetown, KY, is proud to announce multiple-graded-stakes winner and racing superstar Game On Dude was among the equine nominees. The 13-year-old gelded son of Awesome Again – […]

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Old Friends Welcomes New Retirees Stormy Liberal And Patch On April 6

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility based in Georgetown, KY, will host a special “Welcome Day” for new retirees Stormy Liberal and Patch on Monday April 6, 2020 from 12 to 2:30 p.m. The meet-and-greet will be held at Old Friends main farm, located at 1841 Paynes Depot Road in Georgetown, KY.  Light refreshments will […]

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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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