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Jeff O’Reilly Wins TIF Belmont Challenge To Benefit Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

Horseplayer Jeff O’Reilly was the only participant out of 211 entrants to correctly select 16 of 19 “props” in the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation’s (TIF) Belmont Day Challenge. As a result, the Pennsylvania resident won the chance to direct $1,000 to the racing-related 501(c)(3) charity of his choice – the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The TIF […]

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Grade 3 Winner Yankee Fourtune Euthanized

Grade 3 winner Yankee Fourtune was euthanized May 28 at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, KY, due to issues of chronic arthritis. The 12-year-old gelding had been pensioned at the non-profit organization since 2015. Campaigned by New Jersey business man Harvey Clarke and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, in 2010 the 3-year-old Yankee Fourtune […]

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Old Friends Veterinarian One Of Five Finalists For National Award

Dr. Bryan Waldridge of Park Equine Hospital near Lexington, Ky., is one of five finalists for a national veterinary award. Waldridge, who volunteers his services at Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement facility, is up for the American Hero Veterinarian Award presented by Zoetis. Waldridge has worked at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and Kentucky Equine Research […]

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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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‘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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