thoroughbred retirement

Two-Time Breeders’ Cup Winner Stormy Liberal Retired To Old Friends

Following a disagreement between his owner and former trainer, champion Stormy Liberal has been retired to Old Friends Farm in Kentucky, the Daily Racing Form reported Wednesday. Owner David Bernsen delivered the news following medical tests in Florida that revealed problems with the 7-year-old gelding’s ankles. Bernsen was looking into whether Stormy Liberal could continue […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Thankful For ‘Miracles That Defy Science And Logic’

The holiday season is officially upon us, but Sarah MacHarg needs no extra reminders to be thankful this year. She has spent the past six months watching her Thoroughbred gelding Great Minds defy the greatest of odds, overcoming an intra-articular joint infection so severe that most veterinarians suggested he wouldn’t be able to survive. “He […]

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‘We Retired Him Sound’: Former Maryland Turf Champion Phlash Phelps On To Eventing Career

Phlash Phelps, a four-time turf stakes winner and the 2015 champion Maryland-bred grass horse for Ellen Charles’ Hillwood Stable and Laurel Park-based trainer Rodney Jenkins, has been retired. The gelded 8-year-old son of Great Notion bred by Carol Kaye was winless in three 2019 starts, most recently finishing fifth by 2 ¼ lengths in the […]

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11-Year-Old Millionaire Slim Shadey Pensioned To Old Friends

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement farm based in Georgetown, KY., today welcomed long-time turf hero Slim Shadey. The 11-year-old gelding was pensioned by current owner Michael Hui after a nine-year career. Slim Shadey made his final start on August 2 at Indiana Grand. A two-time graded-stakes winner, Slim Shadey was bred in Great Britain by […]

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Applications Now Being Taken For 2020 Thoroughbred Incentive Program Awards

The application period for horse shows to apply for Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) awards in 2020 is now open. T.I.P. offers high point awards and classes for Thoroughbreds in multiple disciplines, including dressage, eventing, hunter, jumper, pleasure, and Western. The T.I.P. application period for 2020 shows is open through September 30, 2019. Shows should apply […]

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‘No Longer Cost Effective’: Old Friends To Close Kentucky Downs Location

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY.,  announced today that the organization will permanently close its satellite division based at Kentucky Downs, the racetrack and historical racing gaming facility in Franklin, KY., at the end of July. The division is home to seven Old Friends retirees, including Canadian Horse of the Year Thornfield, Kentucky […]

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‘One Of Racing’s Great Warriors’: Millionaire Hogy Retired To Old Friends Farm

Hogy, the multiple graded stakes winner, has been retired from racing and will be pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY. Bred by Dr. John E. Little in Kentucky, Hogy (Offlee Wild -Floy, by Petionvillle), finishes his seven-year career with 55 starts and 19 wins and earnings of $1,339,782. The near-black […]

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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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Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Launches Professionals’ Circle, Rider Ambassador Programs

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced today the creation of a Professionals’ Circle Program and Rider Ambassador Program, both of which are sponsored by sport horse enthusiast Jacqueline B. Mars.  Through the Professionals’ Circle Program, members can offer monetary contributions as well as their time toward supporting Grayson’s work and research. Stakeholders and fans from all […]

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