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Old Friends news   Retired TBs -Past and Present

Started 7/21/15 by gerchgo; 183816 views.

From: MJ42903


I didn't realize he is having his vet come along. Thanks for that info
KLB (ghizmatt)

From: KLB (ghizmatt)


 Was it TC when Burger King guy was in Baffert group?

 I read the money he got from BK was split between OF and other charities; I think the amount was $20,000 each charity.    Also, a couple of times, Baffert group has also donated some pretty expensive farm equipment, Kubota, to OF since SC and Dude arrived.



From: gerchgo


I think the Belmont monies were donated by both Baffert and Victor.
KLB (ghizmatt)

From: KLB (ghizmatt)


I thought Vicrtr donated his money to the City of Hope, or something like that. it is the charity he has been supporting for years.



From: gerchgo


I know he donated to that for one of the TC if not more, I think they donated after the Haskell too.
KLB (ghizmatt)

From: KLB (ghizmatt)


 correction-it was $50,000 each to CARMA, Disabled Jockeys Fund, Old Friends and Victor did donate his to City of Hope.


In reply toRe: msg 33

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