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Started 7/21/15 by gerchgo; 154280 views.

From: gerchgo


I didn't know Jill Baffert worked as a tv journalist in Louisville, where she met Bob? She's now a board member for Old Friends:

Old Friends Names New Members to its Board of Directors
GEORGETOWN, KY - June 22, 2016 -  
Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY, has elected three new members to its Board of Directors.
At a meeting held in December of 2015, current members voted to add Jeffrey Burch, Senior VP of NTRA Advantage, to the board. In a meeting held June 15, 2016, the board added two additional members: Mark Simon, Editorial Director of Daily Racing Form, and Jill Baffert, former journalist and now prominent racing-industry figure.
Old Friends President and founder Michael Blowen announced the appointments today.
Jeff Burch assumed the post of Senior VP of NTRA Advantage, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's group-purchasing arm, in June of 2015 after 10 years as VP of Advertising at Daily Racing Form. Throughout his career he has held various VP-level leadership roles in advertising, sales, and marketing at such companies as Time Inc. and the Hearst Corporation. 
Mark Simon launched his career as a racing journalist at The Thoroughbred Record in the late 1970s. He worked his way to the role of Editor at the Thoroughbred Times, a position he held for 27 years. Simon joined DRF in October, 2012 to lead its newest business venture "DRF Breeding". He was appointed Editorial Director in March of 2013. 
Jill Baffert is a former broadcast journalist, having served as both a TV news reporter in Hopkinsville, KY and later as a news anchor at WLKY-TV, the CBS affiliate in Louisville, KY.  As host of a morning show broadcast from Churchill Downs in 1998, Jill met Hall of Fame and now Triple Crown winning-trainer Bob Baffert. The couple married in 2002 and together they have a son, Bode. She has owned several notable horses, including graded-stakes winners Misremembered and Contested. Four of the Bafferts' former trainees now reside at Old Friends: Kentucky Derby-Preakness winners Silver Charm and War Emblem, three-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude, and graded-stakes winner Danthebluegrassman.
"Thoroughbred Aftercare is of great importance to me, and being asked to serve Old Friends is an honor," said Burch. "Their standards for our retired champions are high, and helping to maintain those goals is a challenge I look forward to."
"It is an honor to be able to serve on the board of Old Friends, one of the premier aftercare facilities in the world," said Simon. "It has been at the forefront of care for horses that have retired from the breeding shed or the racetrack for a decade now, and it's a shining example of the great work being done to give these horses a retirement life they so richly deserve. I look forward to helping Old Friends expand its reach to help more horses and to touch more people."

"Bob and I have been big fans of Old Friends for a long time, and I'm honored to join their board," said Baffert. "All of us in racing share an obligation to do what we can to provide life-long care for these most noble, willing, and loyal animals.  I'm excited to work alongside some of the true pioneers in aftercare to get the word out about all of the great things Old Friends is doing for the horses and for our industry."
In addition to the new members, several officer appointments were made. Cynthia Grisolia was elected Chairman of the Board, while Mark Otto was elected Treasurer.
"We're so excited to be working with Jeff, Mark, and Jill," said Blowen. "Each is truly dedicated to the mission of Old Friends and to Thoroughbred aftercare. Their varied talents will be a terrific asset to us as we expand into the future."
For more information contact the main office at (502) 863-1775.
  • Edited June 22, 2016 5:13 pm  by  gerchgo
Amy (1pony)

From: Amy (1pony)


Awesome news!! I did not know this about Jill either,


From: cigarello


 I didn't know she was involve with Old Friends- that is just great

KYsally (kwsally)

From: KYsally (kwsally)


When I read this a couple of days ago I was surprised about Jill as well.



Amy (1pony)

From: Amy (1pony)




From: sandins


that's impressive!

How many stalls?


From: gerchgo


I'm not sure, don't remember reading about that. The pic looks like maybe 8-10?

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From: gerchgo


I didn't know, no newsletter, died June 26:(

1999-2016 Very sad we lost Angela's SEA NATIVE. So sweet, willing, kind & patient, loved tours Photo @battles_laura