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.
Two days before riding Mylute to a fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby May 5, jockey Rosie Napravnik was appointed to the board of directors of Old Friends Farm. They are "thrilled to have her," said Michael Blowen.
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
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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.
Benburb, Canada's Horse of the Year in 1992, has died.
Racing's losingest horse will be at the Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, Ky., this summer. Zippy Chippy traded places with Commentator, who was shipped to the organization's New York farm.
Eternal Orage, a multiple stakes winner on the New England circuit, died July 15 at Old Friends retirement center of an apparent heart attack.
Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky., hosted a welcome reception and press conference for media and fans to meet new retiree Rapid Redux June 1 .
Rapid Redux, who established the modern North American record of 22 consecutive wins in January, will be permanently pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, KY.
Fortunate Prospect, a top sprinter and broodmare sire, was euthanized due to complications of old age March 15 at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky.
- By Tom LaMarra
Standardbred pacer based in Canada is helping raise money for Thoroughbreds in the United States. read blog
Diamond Stripes, a group II winning son of Notebook, has been retired to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement center near Georgetown, Ky.
Fabulous Strike, winner of the 2007 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I), has been pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center near Georgetown, Ky.
Old Friends, a non-profit Thoroughbred retirement facility, has received a second $50,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, Ky., and its 30 retired Breeders' Cup stars invite fans to join them for a special celebration of the 2011's Breeders' Cup on Sunday, Nov. 6 at noon EST.
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm near Georgetown, Ky., has partnered with the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and Nick Ryan's Saloon to present "Hall of Fame Day at Old Friends" Monday, Oct. 17.
The Thoroughbred retirement outfit intends to purchase the 265-acre former Sez Who Thoroughbred Farm near Stillwater, N.Y., south of Saratoga Springs. Sackatoga Stable also announced a new funding program for Old Friends.
Old Friends announced Aug. 4 that Prized, the 1989 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner and sire of Brass Hat, has joined their Thoroughbred retirement center.
On an extremely sultry Kentucky afternoon last week, I made the 25-minute trip from my office to Old Friends' Dream Chase Farm near Georgetown, Ky. Read Blog
An effort is being made to disinter Hall of Famer Noor and transfer the horse's remains to Old Friends near Georgetown, Ky. read blog
Old Friends, one of the most well-known and supported Thoroughbred retirement facilities in the country, has fallen on financial woes due to a clerical error by its bank.
Michael Blowen will receive the prestigious Sam McCracken Award for Lifetime Achievement from the New England Turf Writers Association for his outstanding work with the rescue and retirement of Thoroughbred racehorses.
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.
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.
Photographer Anne Eberhardt takes a trip to Old Friends Equine Retirement Home. Read Blog
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.
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.
Zippy Chippy, the racehorse known for his career defeats, arrived yesterday at Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division, where he will be permanently pensioned.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hidden Lake, who earned the 1997 Eclipse award for top older female, will become the newest retiree at Old Friends, a Thoroughbred retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky. Her owner, Robert Evans of Connecticut, donated her.
Clever Allemont, a 27-year-old son of Clever Trick, is en route to his new home at Old Friends.
- By Esther Marr
Clever Allemont, a 26-year-old stallion, has been rescued from the road to slaughter and will be shipped to Kentucky to spend the rest of his days at Old Friends near Georgetown.
Ruhlmann, the seven-time stakes-winning stallion and winner of the 1990 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), died Dec. 24 at the age of 23, Old Friends owner Michael Blowen said.
- By Steve Haskin
A jubilant Michael Blowen announced Thursday that Lava Man, one of the great geldings of all time, is scheduled to arrive at Old Friends on Sept. 16, where he will live out the rest of his days.
On Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m. EDT, a public memorial service will be held for Ballindaggin, the recently deceased New York-bred stallion who had been a resident at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility near Georgetown, Ky.
Cappucino Kid, an earner of nearly $250,000, was rescued from a feedlot in Washington State March 23 and is on his way to a new home at Old Friends, a Thoroughbred retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky.
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