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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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Old Friends Set To Host 15th Annual Homecoming Day After Derby

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, will host its 15th Annual Homecoming event, Presented Red Brand Fence and sponsored by Tribute Equine Nutrition, on Sunday May 5th, 2019 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $15 for Old Friends members (children 12 and under are free). Reservations can […]

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‘Hats Off To The Horses’: Old Friends’ Nicanor Honored By Latest Derby Hat

For the 10th consecutive year, Maggie Mae Designs® and Old Friends are teaming up for an unparalleled online shopping experience. “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby” is a unique Derby-hat fundraiser featuring one-of-a-kind couture Derby hats created by Maggie Mae Designs® to benefit Old Friends. This new hat pays tribute to […]

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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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Adena Springs Stalion Einstein Pensioned To Old Friends

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement farm based in Georgetown, KY., has welcomed new retiree Einstein. The Brazilian bred son of 1986 Horse of the Year and Kentucky Derby winner Spend a Buck, has been pensioned by The Stonach Group’s Adena Springs to the non-profit organization. The five-time grade 1 winner arrived earlier today. Trained by Helen Pitts, […]

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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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Old Friends’, Maggie Mae Designs’ ‘Hats Off To The Horses’ Honors King Congie

“Hats off to the Horses: The Road to Derby” 2019 kicks off this week with a new chapeau honoring an Old Friends retiree. For the 10th consecutive year, Maggie Mae Designs® and Old Friends are teaming up for an unparalleled online shopping experience. “Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby” is a […]

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Silver Ray, Graded Stakes Winner And Slaughter Rescue, Dies At 30 At Old Friends

Silver Ray, a graded stakes winner who was rescued from potential slaughter in 2013, was euthanized yesterday due to chronic orthopedic disease at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY. The stallion was 30 years old. Bred in Kentucky, Silver Ray (Silver Hawk -Danceland, by Little Current) won six of his 26 starts for owners Jerry […]

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Hold Your Horses: Blowen Clarifies Old Friends Relationship To New California Facility

Michael Blowen, founder and President of Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility based in Georgetown, KY, wishes to clarify an unauthorized press release issued yesterday announcing the affiliate “Old Friends West”. According to Blowen, no official agreement has been made with Elizabeth Neil or Doug Freeland to open a West Coast-based Thoroughbred retirement facility. Mr. […]

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