Old Friends to Hold Memorial Service

The retirement farm will host a memorial services for six recently deceased retirees.

On Memorial Day May 30, Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky., will have a commemorative service for the six retirees that passed away since last spring.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will begin at 2 p.m.  at Old Friends’ Dream Chase Farm, 1841 Paynes Depot Road in Georgetown.  Refreshments will be served.

Honored will be:
--Academy Award (1986-2010), one of the few remaining sons of Secretariat, he was the sire of 10 stakes winners;
--The Wicked North (1989-2011), a California superstar, he was named received an Eclipse Award as champion older male in 1994;
--Polish Navy (1984-2011), a great son of Danzig and multiple grade I winner;
--Bonnie’s Poker (1982-2010) one of Old Friends’s mares, she was the dam of 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) winner Silver Charm;
--Glitterman, (1985 – 2011) a world-record-setting sprinter and sire of four millionaires, including Balto Star;
--Jade Hunter (1984 – 2011), a grade I winner and sire of Horse of the Year, Azeri.

“It's been a difficult year for everyone at Old Friends,” said founder and president Michael Blowen in a release. “The most difficult part of our job is saying goodbye, and this year we lost so many of our most beloved horses.

“It’s always an honor to pay tribute to these great athletes,” Blowen added, “and I hope all their fans and friends will join us on Monday.”

For additional information about this event, Old Friends, or any of its retired racehorses, call the farm at (502) 863-1775 or visit the website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.