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Old Friends news   Retired TBs -Past and Present

Started 7/21/15 by gerchgo; 183815 views.

From: cigarello


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From: gerchgo


Happy retirement Red Knight!

GEORGETOWN, KY – Nov. 10, 2023 – Red Knight, a multiple graded-stakes millionaire has been retired to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky.

The 9-year-old chestnut gelding arrived at the farm for his retirement on Tuesday, Nov. 7. He was donated to Old Friends courtesy of his owner, Tom Egan of Trinity Farm.

Bred by Trinity Farm, Red Knight, who is by Pure Prize--Isabel Away, by Skip Away, was foaled in New York on March 26, 2014.

Red Knight raced for seven years between 2017 and 2023, and seemed to get better with age, as he won some of his biggest races during his last two years on the track.


From: cigarello


Great news!!! 


From: gerchgo


GEORGETOWN, KY – Nov. 15, 2023 – Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky., is pleased to announce the arrival of graded-stakes winning millionaire, Channel Maker, on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

The 9-year old award-winning chestnut gelding was donated to the farm by Adam Wachtel and his ownership group.

Bred by Tall Oaks Farm, Channel Maker, who is by English Channel--In Return, by Horse Chestnut (Saf), was foaled in Ontario, Canada, on Feb. 11, 2014.

Originally trained by Daniel Vella, and owned by Joey Gee Thoroughbreds, Channel Maker began his career as a 2-year old in 2016 and in his first start finished third in a maiden special weight race at Woodbine on July 24. He earned his first win, and first stakes victory, in his second start in the Vandal Stakes (Black Type) at Woodbine.

Channel Maker finished 2016 with a seventh-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) at Santa Anita.

He began his 3-year old campaign with an eighth-place finish in the Palm Beach Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park. Following that race he was switched to a new trainer, Bill Mott, and under his care, his best finish in 2017 was a win in the Breeders' Stakes (Black Type) at Woodbine.

Following the 2017 racing season, Channel Maker was named the Sovereign Award winner as Champion Three-Year Old Colt.

He opened his 4-year old season in 2018, with a new group of owners, Joey Gee Thoroughbreds, Wachtel Stable, and Gary Barber, however, after his fifth race, the owners group consisted of only Wachtel Stable and Barber.

His best finish in 2018 was a win in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park, which was his first graded-stakes victory.

Still under Mott’s care, Channel Maker closed out the year with an 11th in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs, and under his final ownership group, Wachtel Stable, Gary Barber, R. A. Hill Stable, and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing.

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From: cigarello


Great news!   What an amazing horse- he has been racing for 7 years---Now he can get all the attention and being loved on!!!!