"The Ruhlmann"," the sixth and final chapeau offered in the "Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby" online fashion auction of exclusive Kentucky Derby Hats, is scheduled to go on the auction block April 1.
To celebrate the arrival of the recently retired grade II winner Ball Four at Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement center near Georgetown, Ky., the 10-year-old son of Grand Slam will make an appearance at Keeneland April 16.
Eclipse Award winner The Wicked North was euthanized March 24 at Hagyard Equine Medical Center near Lexington because of complications from an intestinal lipoma strangulation.
Ball Four, a son of Grand Slam, has been retired and sent to Old Friends near Midway, Ky. Michael Blowen, owner of Old Friends related the story of how he got the gelding.
Grade I winner Afternoon Deelites has been pensioned due to infertility and will be sent to Old Friends equine retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky.
"Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby," an online auction of Kentucky Derby hats, continues March 1 with "The Ogygian," the fifth hat in a series of six chapeaus to be auctioned.
Kelsey Riley, former editorial intern at The Blood-Horse and current Darley Flying Start student, relates her experiences while trimming the hooves of the equine stars at Old Friends retirement farm. Read Blog
Photographer Anne Eberhardt takes a trip to Old Friends Equine Retirement Home. Read Blog
"Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby," an online auction of exclusive handcrafted Kentucky Derby Hats, continues Feb. 1 with "The Marquetry."
Jade Hunter, a multiple grade I winner who sired 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, was euthanized Sunday, Jan. 23, at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington because of complications from colic.
Polish Navy, a grade I winner and sire of 1993 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Sea Hero, was euthanized Jan. 6 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky.
Jane Lyon and Karen Bailey of Summer Wind will sign their new book, Primerica, at Old Friends Saturday, Dec. 18.
The owner of Uncle Mo, winner of the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), is donating a portion of the colt's earnings from the World Championship race to support five equine retirement organizations.
Free Spirit's Joy, winner of the 1991 Super Derby (gr. I) at Louisiana Downs, has been relocated to Old Friends equine retirement home near Georgetown, Ky.
Crusader Sword, one of the leading 2-year-olds from his crop, has been pensioned from stallion duty and will reside at Old Friends' retirement farm in New York.
Tinners Way, the last colt sired by Secretariat, arrived Sept. 13 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement near Georgetown, Ky.
Retired jockey Richard Migliore, equine retirement facility Old Friends, and veteran Turf writer Neil Milbert will be honored by the National Turf Writers Association at its Nov. 3 dinner.
The Hall of Fame trio of trainer Bob Baffert and jockeys Mike Smith and Laffit Pincay Jr. will sign limited edition collectible jerseys at Del Mar on Labor Day, Sept. 6.
Academy Award, a graded stakes-winning son of Secretariat, was euthanized Aug. 24 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement near Georgetown, Ky., because of complications from chronic laminitis.
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A dressage demonstration, golf tournament and the racing results hit the retirement theme hard. Read Blog
Bonnie's Poker, dam of Kentucky Derby and Preakness (both gr. I) winner and Hall of Fame member Silver Charm, was euthanized Aug. 5 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility near Georgetown, Ky.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will sign limited edition collectible jerseys benefiting Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement and The Race for Education scholarship organization at Del Mar Aug. 7.
Racing fans in the Saratoga Springs, N.Y. area will have multiple opportunities to see Funny Cide -- the only New York-bred to have won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) -- from Aug. 3-8.
Black Tie Affair, the 1991 Horse of the Year, was euthanized July 1 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, Ky., due to the effects of laminitis. He was 24.
Grade I winner Will's Way, who has resided since December 2007 as a pensioner at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility near Georgetown, Ky., has been relocated to New York State.
The grade I winner and successful stallion arrived at the equine retirement facility in Kentucky June 25.
Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky., will hold a commemorative service Memorial Day, May 31, for eight retirees that passed away in the last year.
Hapless Zippy Chippy, who was foaled exactly 19 years ago today, April 20, could be destined to spend the rest of his life at Old Friends at Cabin Creek in upstate New York.
Journalist Bill Heller and jockey Randy Romero will sign copies of their new book, "Randy Romero's Remarkable Ride," at Circa 1840 restaurant in Georgetown, Ky April 23.
The Bob Baffert Hall of Fame jerseys will be publicly signed and tagged with an invisible ink to prevent counterfeiting.
In order to raise awareness for and benefit horse rescue and retirement organizations, Mike Repole and NYRA are donating a total of $30,000 to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, and the Exceller Fund.
"Resucing Racers Project" grant is designed to award organizations whose mission is to promote equine welfare. Old Friends supports nearly 100 retired racehorses.
Proper Reality, a 25-year-old multiple graded stakes winner of more than $1.7 million, was euthanized Feb. 19 at Hagyard's Equine Medical in Lexington.
The auction, being held Feb. 16-16, will be run strictly through email and by phone, with all bids confidential. The resulting foals must become registered Pennsylvania-breds.
Academy Award, one of the only surviving sons of Triple Crown winner Secretariat, has arrived at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, KY.
On Jan. 31, ThoroFan is partnering with the Union Grille at the Saratoga Hilton to conduct a fundraiser for the retired racehorses at Saratoga County's Bobby Frankel division of Old Friends.
Lava Man, who returned to racing after a more than 17-month layoff only to finish last in the San Gabriel Handicap (gr. IIT) Dec. 27 at Santa Anita, has been retired after his failed comeback attempt.
Gulch, who was pensioned earlier this year because of declining fertility at Will Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., has taken up residence at Old Friends.
Thunder Rumble, the 1992 Travers (gr. I) and Jim Dandy (gr. II) winner is the 4th horse to make his home at Cabin Creek, a newly opened satellite farm operated by Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm.
Two-time Eclipse Award-winning photographer Barbara Livingston will sign copies of her new book "Horses: In Living Color" and her previous release "More Old Friends" on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the Circa 1840 Restaurant in Georgetown, Ky.
Gigli, trained by the late Bobby Frankel, has a new home in the New York division of the Old Friends retirement facility named after the Hall of Fame trainer.
Old Friends, located near Georgetown, Ky., has opened its first satellite for retired Thoroughbreds. Cabin Creek, a 40-acre farm just outside Saratoga Springs, N.Y., near Greenfield Center, will begin receiving horses immediately.
There will be Jockeys galore at Old Friends Oct. 20, as more than a dozen top riders have confirmed their appearance for "Jockey Day."
Tracy and Carol Farmer have chosen Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Ky., as the permanent home for two-time Whitney Handicap (gr. I) winner Commentator, it was announced Oct. 2.
Black Tie Affair, 1991 Horse of the Year, has been pensioned at Randy Funkhouser's O'Sullivan Farms near Charles Town, W.Va.
Jade Hunter, whose daughter Azeri ranks as North America's leading money-earning distaffer, has been pensioned from stallion duty.
Helen "Penny" Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat and president of the Secretariat Foundation, has announced the Foundation's recipients of charitable grants for 2009.
Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility, announced that grade I winner Early Pioneer will reside at the Georgetown, Ky., farm.
As he was a full brother to three-time champion Skip Away, whom many consider as one of the greatest racehorses of all time, big things were expected from Skipingo when he was purchased as a yearling for $300,000 in 1998.
Bonapaw, a millionaire and grade I winner, has arrived at Old Friends near Georgetown, Ky.
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