Michale Blown at Old Friends Kentucky.

Michale Blown at Old Friends Kentucky.

Anne M. Eberhardt

NY Old Friends Benefit Set for June 5

Event to benefit retirement center to take place at Oheka Castle in Huntington, N.Y.

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, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center with locations in Georgetown, Ky., and Greenfield Center, N.Y.

Presented by Oheka Castle, this year's event will also be sponsored by the New York Racing Association. Frank Sinatra tribute artist Patrick Tobin will provide live entertainment.

Tickets are $250 and tables of 10 are available for $2,000.

In addition to dinner and an open bar, the night will include live and silent auctions of select racing memorabilia and artwork, including an exclusive painting of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra by equestrian artist Leland Neff.

The highlight of the benefit will be the presentation of the "Frankel Award," named in honor of late Thoroughbred trainer Bobby Frankel and given to an individual or organization in the racing industry that best exemplifies the mission of Old Friends. 

This year's recipient will be Daily Racing Form, which supported the retirement farm this year by producing a special-edition collectible magazine featuring profiles of many of the farms most famous retirees. Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen will make the presentation.

For additional information about Old Friends or to make reservations for the event, visit the website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.