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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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Old Friends To Offer Limited Time ‘Horseman’s Tour’ Starting Saturday

Beginning Saturday July 14, Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm based in Georgetown, KY, will offer, for a limited time, a special “Horseman’s Tour” hosted by Kentucky Derby-winning trainer David Cross and retired jockey Joe Steiner. This VIP tour to meet the farm’s many champion Thoroughbreds is a guided walking tour of approximately 60-90-minutes, and will […]

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Eye Of The Tiger Pensioned, Relocated To Old Friends

Grade 2 winner Eye of the Tiger has been pensioned to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY. Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the announcement today. Fifth in the 2003 Kentucky Derby behind winner Funny Cide, and winner of both the Affirmed and Washington Park Handicaps, Eye of the […]

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Emerald Downs Hosts Old Friends Event On Memorial Day

On Monday, May 28, Memorial Day, Emerald Downs Race Track and Casino in Auburn, WA, will celebrate Thoroughbred Aftercare with a special event for Old Friends, the non-profit Thoroughbred Retirement Facility based in Georgetown, KY. Monday’s spotlight race will be the $50,000 Hastings Stakes, a six furlong contest for older fillies and mares. This will be the […]

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Racehorse Retirees Tour Of The Cat, Catlaunch Pass Away At Old Friends

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility based in Georgetown, KY., announced the passing of two of its most beloved retirees this morning. Multiple graded stakes winner Tour of the Cat, 20, died suddenly at the Old Friends satellite facility at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky. The cause of death was diaphragmatic hernia with entrapped intestine. […]

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