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NBA player to help raise money for Old Friends

Sacramento Kings forward and former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins will kick off his inaugural summer youth basketball camp next week with a VIP charity event to raise money for the Thoroughbred retirement center Old Friends. Tickets are $50 for the Monday evening event at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Lexington, and space is […]

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Arlington Million winner Awad dies at Old Friends

The 21-year-old Awad, a multiple Grade 1 winner and sire of 76 winners from 125 starters, was found dead of an apparent heart attack in his paddock at Old Friends, where he was pensioned in 2006, according to a Thoroughbred Times report. “It’s been an honor to be associated with such a champion as Awad,” […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: Remembering Old Friends

By Patti Davis Most historians agree that Memorial Day originated in the southern states during the Civil War. First known as “Decoration Day,” young women decorated the graves of Confederate soldiers who had died in battle. Union states soon followed suit in honoring their own war dead, and this national day of remembrance became official […]

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Old Friends to hold Memorial service for six retired horses

The horse retirement facility, Old Friends, has scheduled a public service for Memorial Day to remember six retired Thoroughbreds that have died since last spring.  They are:  The Wicked North, Polish Navy, Bonnie’s Poker, Glitterman, Jade Hunter and Academy Award. The service will take place at 2 p.m. Monday at Old Friends in Georgetown, KY.

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World-record setter Glitterman dies at Old Friends

The 26-year-old pensioned stallion who found a home at Old Friends near Lexington, KY, Glitterman died at the horse sanctuary on April 14. He was a successful sire but will be best known for his world-record-setting 5 1/2 furlong romp at Hialeah Park on the turf.

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Bank error calls for emergency Old Friends fund drive

UPDATED: Below is an email from Old Friends owner Michael Blowen asking for support from the industry to help correct a bank error that has put the retirement facillity several hundred thousand dollars in the red. Old Friends has done some great things for the sport and allowed many fans to see the equine athletes […]

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Afternoon Deelites pensioned, sent to Old Friends

Grade 1 winner Afternoon Deelites has been pensioned and will be sent to Old Friends near Georgetown, Ky to enjoy his retirement. The 19-year-old had been standing at Clear Creek Stud in Louisiana.

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Jade Hunter, sire of Azeri, Euthanized

Press Release Jade Hunter, multiple GR1 winner and sire of Horse of the Year Azeri, was humanely euthanized Sunday afternoon (January 23) at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute due to complications from colic.   The 27-year-old stallion had been pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY, since 2009. “Jade Hunter was a very […]

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BLACK TIE AFFAIR RIP

Fan favorite and 1991 Horse of the Year Black Tie Affair died today at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown KY. Click here for a touching tribute from Rick Capone of the Examiner. Below is the complete press release from Old Friends.   Black Tie Affair, the 1991 Horse of the Year, was humanely […]

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