French group I winner Creator, a resident of Old Friends retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky., was euthanized Feb. 28 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington due to complications from colic.
Donald Sucher, who twice bred once-in-a-lifetime fillies in Racing Hall of Fame members Winning Colors and Chris Evert, died Feb. 15 in Georgetown, Ky. He was 89.
Bob Neumeier, the longtime NBC Sports handicapper and Boston sportscaster, won the inaugural NTRA NHC Charity Challenge Jan. 24, less than three months after suffering serious stroke.
Political strategist and commentator James Carville, actress and model Bo Derek, and former NBA coach and ESPN/ABC analyst Avery Johnson are among the participants in the $10,000 NTRA NHC Charity Challenge.
Old Friends retirement farm near Georgetown, Ky. has announced a partnership with Kentucky Downs to establish a satellite facility at the Kentucky racetrack.
Two leading personalities in the Thoroughbred horse racing industry will join an already outstanding lineup of speakers at the 2015 ThoroFan Awards Breakfast Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park.
The nonprofit Thoroughbred retirement center Old Friends will be presented the Special Eclipse Award at ceremonies Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
As part of the 2015 Eclipse Awards Week-long events, ThoroFan will honor an industry favorite at its third annual awards breakfast sponsored by Red Brand Fence Co. Jan. 16.
Champion Silver Charm was bright-eyed and settling in well at Old Friends Farm Dec. 2 following a long journey home to Kentucky from Japan.
Listen to Old Friends founder Michael Blowen as newly returned Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm greets fans Dec. 2. The 20-year-old champion returned to the U.S. after standing in Japan.
The date for Old Friends' open house to welcome Silver Charm has been changed from Monday, Dec. 1 to the following day.
Old Friends will hold a special open house for champion, dual classic winner, and Hall of Famer Silver Charm, who is to arrive this week at its Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, Ky.
Porfido, a three-time group 1 winner in his native Chile, has been retired to Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky. Porfido (Mash One--Piazza Venezia, by Roy) started 79 times in his career, winning 15 races, seven in Chile.
Silver Charm, winner of the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I), is returning to Kentucky to retire at Old Friends near Georgetown after serving stud duty in Japan since 2005.
Michael Blowen with Old Friends talks about arrival of Game On Dude. Watch Video
Michael Blowen with Old Friends talks about arrival of Game On Dude.
Amazombie has a foothold in two states -- California and Kentucky. He was bred in California and did most of his racing there. But his biggest victory came in Kentucky, when he won the 2011 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Eight-time grade I winner and racing superstar Game on Dude is coming to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky., the farm announced Oct. 3.
Multiple graded stakes winner Daytona is the latest addition to the roster of Thoroughbreds at the Old Friends retirement center in Georgetown, Ky.
Behrens, one of the top handicap horses of the late 1990s, died Sept. 14 at Old Friends at Cabin Creek retirement farm in Cabin Creek, N.Y. He was 20.
Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, KY, has announced the release of the History of Old Friends: A Home for Retired Thoroughbreds, by sports journalist and photographer Rick Capone.
After spending his life around horses, Jess Lester Malen died in the city that calls itself the Horse Capital of the World. A retired jockey and trainer, Malen, 93, originally from Nebraska City, Neb., died Sunday, Aug. 3.
Prized, winner of the 1989 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and sire of Brass Hat, was euthanized at age 28 July 13 at Old Friends retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky., due to infirmities of old age.
On the morning of July 8, the word "irreplaceable" kept bouncing around the head of Old Friends founder Michael Blowen as he thought about the previous night's death of Central Kentucky veterinarian Doug Byars, D.V.M.
Eldaafer, winner of the 2010 Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. III), has been retired to Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky., along with his goat companions Yahoo and Google.
Rebel Stakes winner and Old Friends retiree Clever Allemont was euthanized due to colic the morning of May 26. The son of Clever Trick was 32.
Bourbon Lane Stable, the national racing partnership based in Lexington, has established a retirement pasture for its horses at Old Friends, the country's premier Thoroughbred retirement care facility.
English group II winner Radiohead has been retired from racing and will spend the rest of his days at Clermont Farm near Germantown, N.Y.
The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition announced April 14 a partnership with Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky.
Bull Inthe Heather, winner of the 1993 Florida Derby (gr. I), was euthanized April 5 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Kentucky.
Old Friends and New Vocations have entered into an agreement to jointly benefit Thoroughbreds in their post-racing and post-breeding careers.
Hops and Horses, a celebration to benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement, is set for April 10 in Lexington.
Dancin' Renee, a graded stakes winner and 1997 New York Horse of the Year, has died. The 22-year-old mare lost a long battle with laminitis and was euthanized Jan. 11 at Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm.
Champion grass horse Sunshine Forever died Jan. 7 at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm near Georgetown, Ky. A necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of the 29-year-old stallion's death.
Patton, a stakes-winning son of Lord at War and a retiree at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement farm near Georgetown, Ky., was euthanized at Hagyard's Equine Medical Institute Jan. 5.
Grade I winner Rail Trip is headed for retirement at Old Friends farm in Kentucky, owner Samantha Siegel confirmed Jan. 5.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance has announced that 23 accredited facilities are now eligible to receive financial grants from the organization for the ongoing care of retired Thoroughbreds.
Klassy Briefcase, a record-setting sprinter and broodmare, died Sept.18 at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement center near Georgetown, Ky. The daughter of Medieval Man out of the Pruner mare Leather Gallery was 28.
Silver Ray, a graded stakes winner rescued from potential slaughter, has arrived at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky.
The board of directors of Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center located near Georgetown, Ky., announced July 30 the election of Dr. Steven Allday to the organization's board.
Old Friends at Cabin Creek, the New York division of Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, Ky., will be hosting two special events this summer to coincide with the Saratoga Race Course meet.
The second annual Old Friends at the Oheka Castle fundraising event will take place June 5 at Gold Coast mansion in Huntington, N.Y. The evening is a benefit for Old Friends.
Adam Spradling records Arson Squad visiting Keeneland with Michael Blown to teach fans about Old Friends and Thoroughbred aftercare. Read the full blog feature here.
Saturday April 20, 2013 Arson Squad visited Keeneland with Michael Blowen to help raise awareness of Old Friends Retirement facility and educate fans on the importance of Thoroughbred aftercare. read blog
A bourbon tasting and dinner to benefit the Old Friends equine retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky., will be held Feb. 23 at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville, Ky.
Sean Avery, a grade I winner at Saratoga, has been retired from racing and will reside at Old Friends near Georgetown, Ky.
"Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby," the fourth annual online charity auction produced by Old Friends and custom millinery Maggie Mae Designs, continued as bidding opened on a new handcrafted Kentucky Derby hat.
Three-time grade I winner Marquetry, whose 1991 upset of Farma Way at 27-1 odds ranks as the largest in Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) history, died Feb. 1 at Old Friends in Georgetown, KY.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) victor Sarava became the first Classic winner to be retired to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, Ky., when he arrived the morning of Sept. 29.
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky. has welcomed new retiree Dancin' Renee, a graded-stakes winning mare and the 1997 New York Horse of the Year who arrived Sept. 14.
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