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West Point Thoroughbreds' multiple graded stakes winner Awesome Gem arrived at his new home April 7 at Old Friends Equine in Georgetown, Ky.
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Charismatic died Feb. 19 of a hemorrhage caused by a broken pelvis, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm founder Michael Blowen and Park Equine Hospital's Dr. Bryan Waldridge and Dr. Rhodes Bell confirmed Feb. 20.
Charismatic returned to the United States from the JBBA Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan on Dec. 4 and was pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky. He died Feb. 19.
Multiple graded stakes winner and sire Albert the Great has been retired from stud duties and is settling into Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky.
On Jan. 21 and Jan. 22, the remains of two-time Ohio Horse of the Year Glacial Princess will be transferred from the former Beulah Park in Grove City, Ohio to Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky.
A cutting-edge cancer treatment has helped reduce skin cancer in 1996 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Alphabet Soup, who recently celebrated his 26th birthday at Old Friends Equine retirement home near Georgetown, Ky.
Charles Chu of Baoma Corporation, owner of TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Drefong, has donated $20,000 to Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farms.
Old Friends at Kentucky Downs has two new Thoroughbred residents who promise to be fan favorites: multiple stakes-winner Good Lord, winner of the 2012 Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, and Monmouth Park's 2014 grade III Iselin winner Balance of Power.
As 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic adjusts to his new life at Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky., the farm's founder Michael Blowen is already planning the next group of arrivals from Japan.
On a cold day in early December D. Wayne Lukas made the 1 1/2-hour trip from Louisville, Ky. to Georgetown to catch up with the son of Summer Squall that he'd saddled to a surprise victory in the 1999 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Spendthrift Farm, one of the Thoroughbred industry's leading breeding farms, has made a generous donation of $30,000 to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, Ky.
The 1999 Horse of the year, 3-year-old champion, and dual classic winner returns to the U.S. in late November.
Grade I winner Nobiz Like Shobiz arrived Oct.11 at Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky.
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms welcomed a new horse in Ide Aug. 29 and, according to farm founder Michael Blowen, he's a head-turner.
Old Friends Day will take place at Belterra Park Gaming in Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday, Sept. 5.
Spanish Steps gelding arrived July 29.
Multiple graded-stakes winner Futural has died, reports Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky.
Officials from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture say they've found at least temporary homes for 15 of the 43 horses declared abandoned last month at a Mercer County farm and are working to find homes for the 28 horses that remain.
The barn replaces one destroyed by fire, and will be named in honor of equine advocate John Hettinger.
Grade I winner Halo America died July 7 at Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky. At 26 she was euthanized because of declining health.
It is the latest in a series of five bottles depicting Breeders' Cup winners, and each bottle is available for a $400 donation to benefit Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm.
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, Ky., has elected three new members to its Board of Directors.
Wallenda, who won graded stakes in three consecutive seasons in the early 1990s, was put down May 9 at Old Friends near Georgetown, Ky.
An anniversary party April 9 included a charity auction.
The supporters, known as War Emblem's "inner circle," gathered from across the country to meet the Derby and Preakness winner at a private reception.
Old Friends president Michael Blowen said Jan. 28 that Fasig-Tipton's Blue Horse Charities has donated $50,000 toward rebuilding a hospital barn at the Georgetown, Ky., equine retirement farm.
Gulch, champion sprinter of 1988, was euthanized the morning of Jan. 17 because of complications of cancer at Old Friends retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky
Stakes winner Flick died Jan. 8 from complications of colic. The 24-year-old gelding resided at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky.
Four-time grade I winner Little Mike has not raced since winning the Flying Pidgeon Stakes May 17, 2014, at Gulfstream Park, but trainer/owner/breeder Carlo Vaccarezza is preparing the gelding for a 2016 comeback.
Touch Gold, who denied Silver Charm the Triple Crown in the 1997 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been pensioned from stud duty and will live in retirement at Old Friends retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky.
Stephen Got Even, sire of champion Stevie Wonderboy and 39 other stakes winners, has been pensioned from stud duty and will reside at Old Friends retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky., Lane's End has announced.
The online fashion auction "Hats off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby" continues with a second Derby chapeau going on the virtual auction block to raise money for Old Friends retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky.
Mixed Pleasure, a 30-year-old resident of Old Friends retirement facility in Georgetown Ky., was euthanized Oct. 26 due to complications from colic.
Alphabet Soup, winner of the 1996 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), has been pensioned to Old Friends retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky.
War Emblem arrived in the United States Oct. 12 after 13 years standing stud at Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido, Japan. He will clear quarantine at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital before vanning to Old Friends.
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Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky., will launch a special online eBay fundraiser called beginning Sept. 28.
For the second time in nine months, Old Friends plans to welcome a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner as War Emblem is scheduled to join the Thoroughbred retirement farm in September.
Old Friends at Kentucky Downs, a joint venture between the Georgetown, Ky., Thoroughbred Retirement Facility and the Franklin, Ky. racetrack, will open its doors to the public July 17.
Genuine Reward, one of only two living foals produced by 1980 Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning filly Genuine Risk, has found a new home at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center near Lexington.
A record total of $7.5 million in purses will be offered during the 2015 Kentucky Downs meet, which runs for five days beginning Sept. 5 and offers a schedule of 12 stakes.
Thieves broke into the office of the Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown and stole about $300 and a TV.
Grade II winner Williamstown, a 25-year-old son of Seattle Slew, has died, according to a release from Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Ky.
Martha McCauley Miller, wife of the late Hall of Fame trainer MacKenzie "Mack" Miller, died March 22 at 91. Her husband died in December 2010.
Multiple grade I winner and sire Ogygian, the oldest resident at Old Friends retirement farm near Georgetown, Ky., died March 14 because of complications from colic. The son of Damascus was 32.
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.
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