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Old Friends news   Retired TBs -Past and Present

Started 7/21/15 by gerchgo; 183733 views.
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From: gerchgo


From the Old Friends newsletter(email)

GEORGETOWN, KY - JULY 28, 2015 - Journalist Rick Capone and Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen will appear on a segment of Good Day Kentucky on Tuesday, September 22.

The program airs at 9:00 am weekdays on WTVQ, the Lexington, KY, ABC affiliate.

Capone is the author of The History of Old Friends: A Home for Retired Thoroughbreds, which chronicles the formation of the renowned Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY that was founded by Blowen in 2003.

The segment will publicize a book signing at the Joseph Beth book seller on September 24 at 7:00 pm. Capone and Blowen will autograph copies of the book and will offer a discussion.

Joseph Beth is located at 161 Lexington Green Circle in Lexington. For information about the signing call (859) 273-2911.

Capone is also a sportswriter for the Woodford Sun.

The Old Friends farm in Georgetown is home to over 100 retired racehorses and is open to the public daily by appointment. Copies of The History of Old Friends: A Home for Retired Thoroughbreds are available in the gift shop. For tour information call (502) 863-1775.

  • Edited September 21, 2015 8:13 am  by  gerchgo

From: gerchgo


From their newsletter through email. The chance to purchase a halter from one of these great TB's!

Old Friends Launches Special Ebay "Halter-Palooza" Auction

GEORGETOWN, KY - SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 - On Monday September 28, Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY, will launch a special online fundraiser "The Halter-Palooza".

The sale will offer an elite selection of collectible stallion and broodmare halters, many from champions that have passed away. It will also feature halters from champions now retired at Old Friends.

The collection will hit the Ebay auction block on Monday September 28 at approximately 8:00 PM (EST) and will last seven days, until Monday October 5 at 8pm. Listings will be staggered throughout the evening,

To bid go to

Being offered in this sale are halters once worn by:
Silver Charm - The 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness champ is now an Old Friends retiree.
Sgt Bert - Old Friends retiree set the record for 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Keeneland in the 2006 Woodford Stakes.
Take Charge Lady - One of the leading fillies of her generation, TCL won 11 of her 22 races and earned over $2.4 million. Dam of Grade 1 winners Take Charge Indy, Take Charge Brandi and 3-year-old Champion Will Take Charge.
Horse Greeley - Winner of the 2006 Del Mar Futurity and son of Mr Greeley.

Deceased Stallions
Purim (2002 - 2012) - Winner of the Arlington Classic, Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap and the Shadwell Turf Mile.
Precisionist (1981- 2006) - A rare collectible. A 17-time stakes winner, Eclipse and Breeders' Cup Champion and Hall of Fame member, Precisionist--the horse who looked fast standing still-- passed away in 2006 at Old Friends.
Taylors Special (1981 - 2006) - 21 wins from 41 starts over five years with 13 stakes wins at nine different tracks under the astute handling of trainer Bill Mott. Taylors Special still holds the records for 6 furlongs at Arlington Park. The Old Friends retiree passed away in 2006.
Marquetry (1987- 2013) - The son of 1982 Horse of the Year Conquistador Cielo, Marquetry was a grade 1 winner on both turf and dirt. He sired Breeders' Cup winners and Eclipse sprint champions Artax (1999) and Squirtle Squirt (2001).
Flying Pidgeon (1981- 2008) - Millionaire and Grade 1 winner.
Artax (1995-2012) - Eclipse Champion and winner of the Breeders' Cup Sprint, Carter Handicap, Vosburgh Stakes.
Deceased Broodmares
Bonnie's Poker (1982 -2010) - One of the first Old Friends retirees and dam of Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm.
All proceeds from the "Halter-Palooza" auction will go to Old Friends, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization that cares for more than 150 retired racehorses.

For more information call Old Friends at (502) 863-1775.

To bid

  • Edited September 28, 2015 8:38 am  by  gerchgo
Greg J. (Wookster8)

From: Greg J. (Wookster8)


Wow, great items!  Thank you for the head's up :-)


From: gerchgo


Did you ever recover all of your things a couple years ago?

From: gerchgo


Looking for a halter purchase? Old Friends once again is offering some on eBay, in this post that came in my newsletter.

From: Derby132


Not halters but I'm going to save for their Breeders' Cup party auction!


From: gerchgo


Old Friends Newsletter:
From Michael,
A soft, steady rain last week softened the ground and allowed our youngest retirees, Game On Dude and Starspangled Heat, to arrange a match race. Despite a determined effort by Heat, Dude just wouldn't let him pass as they flew around the paddock. Pure joy!
We've had a very fortunate year and that good luck is continuing. We've had some amazing opportunities. Bringing War Emblem home. Leasing additional, adjacent acreage. The problem is that opportunities don't arise in a convenient manner. We are anticipating generous donations from the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and Toyota. But we don't have them yet. Consequently, I have to do what I hate the most, ask for donations. If you're planning to donate before year's end we could really use it sooner than later.
War Emblem should be home before the Breeders' Cup. I'm very grateful to everyone who has participated in our fan-fueled fundraiser for the 2002 Derby and Preakness winner. We still have certificates
available if you'd like to support this effort. Click here.