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Updated: Duo Claims It Will Open A West Coast Branch Of Old Friends

Editor’s Note: Michael Blowen of Old Friends Equine released a statement on Friday calling the following press release “unauthorized” and clarified the new facility will not be officially affiliated with Old Friends. Read his statement here. — Old Friends Farm, a popular retirement home for Thoroughbreds in Georgetown, KY, has agreed to have a new […]

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‘Beloved Champs’ Wake Forest, Kharafa Arrive At Old Friends

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, KY., announced on Tuesday the arrival of two new notable retirees: Grade 1 winner Wake Forest and stakes winner Kharafa. Wake Forest was a Group 3 winner in Germany before relocating to trainer Chad Brown’s barn in 2015 for owners Michael Dubb, Sol Kumin and his Sheep […]

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Old Friends’ Michael Blowen Named Galbreath Award Winner

On Jan. 16, former journalist Michael Blowen will be awarded the College of Business Equine Industry Program’s most prestigious award — the John W. Galbreath Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurship in the Equine Industry. Blowen is the founder of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement sanctuary based in Georgetown, Kentucky. A retired Boston Globe movie critic and arts […]

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Old Friends Receives ASPCA Grant For New Hoop Barn

Old Friends, the non-profit Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, has received a generous grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) to build a hoop barn for winter roll bale storage. Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen made the announcement today. The grant, part of the ASPCA® Rescuing […]

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Mobil Solution Wins Catlaunch Stakes Honoring Beloved Ohio-Bred Millionaire

Saturday’s $75,000 Catlaunch Stakes at JACK Thistledown featured a competitive field of eight of the Buckeye State’s finest Accredited foals, 3-year-olds and up, honoring the memory of one of the best Ohio-breds to ever look through a bridle. The Catlaunch, now in its fifth season, is a one and one-sixteenth mile test set at Thistledown […]

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Old Friends Named Beneficiary Of Breeders’ Cup Champions For Charity Campaign

Old Friends is so proud to have been chosen, for the third consecutive year, as one of the charities to benefit from the Breeders’ Cup Champions for Charity program. Maker’s Mark®, Kentucky’s original premium bourbon, and the Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international event, have again joined forces to create a beautiful, limited-edition bottle […]

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Thursday’s Old Friends Stakes Draws Overflow Field Of 15 At Kentucky Downs

Thursday’s featured $250,000 Old Friends Stakes at Kentucky Downs is for horses who haven’t won a stakes race in 2018. That doesn’t mean the horses in the overflow field of 15 don’t possess talent. The Old Friends, conducted at a mile and 70 yards, attracted an excellent field whose entries include a Grade 1 winner […]

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Old Friends: A P Valentine Euthanized Due To Colic Complications

A P Valentine, a Gr. 1 winner, was euthanized due to complications from colic on September 1 at Park Equine Hospital in Woodford County. The 20-year-old son of A.P. Indy had been pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement farm in Georgetown, KY. Campaigned by Rick Pitino’s Ol’ Memorial Stable (formerly Celtic Pride Stables) and […]

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Genuine Reward, One Of Last Offspring Of Genuine Risk, Euthanized At 25

Genuine Reward, one of the only living offspring of Kentucky Derby winning-filly Genuine Risk, was euthanized today at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, KY., where he had been pensioned since 2015. The stallion was 25. Genuine Reward never raced due to numerous health issues, but began a stud career at Meadowville Farm […]

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Old Friends: Former New York Horse Of The Year Say Florida Sandy Dies At 24

Say Florida Sandy, a multiple graded stakes winner and one of the greatest New York-breds of all time, has died.  The 24-year-old stallion, who was retired with Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, passed from an apparent heart attack on July 11, but a full necropsy is pending. Michael Blowen, founder and […]

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