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Old Friends news   Retired TBs -Past and Present

Started 7/21/15 by gerchgo; 145050 views.
cigarello

From: cigarello

12/22/15

I love Touch Gold: I went to visit him when he was four years old at Adena Springs ( I think it was Adena)-- anyway the groom brought him out and I petted him--- can't believe he is 21 ( and I am 17 years older----)

Amy (1pony)
Staff

From: Amy (1pony)

12/22/15

Yes Silver Charm and he are 21, unreal, makes me feel old. LOL

cigarello

From: cigarello

12/22/15

I hear ya LOL

lisainco

From: lisainco

12/22/15

I have a son of Touch Gold. Just a lovely boy. I would love to get to Old Friends to meet his dad, and all the other wonderful residents.

Amy (1pony)
Staff

From: Amy (1pony)

12/22/15

Fun, we went during BC week and it was fun, I only wanted to see a select number of horses so we didn't do the whole tour. I had hoped that War Emblem had been out of quarantine by then but he wasn't. So another trip will be needed. :)

jamielsg

From: jamielsg

12/23/15

Lisa, please come for Barbaro's 10 year anniversary...........please?:)

Jamie

lisainco

From: lisainco

12/23/15

I would really like to and will do my best.

jamielsg

From: jamielsg

12/23/15

It will be a very special occasion for Barbaro's FOB's to gather and honor him and his magnificent Derby win.  I received your Christmas card today Lisa.  Thank you my friend for always looking out for Our Boys.........hugs and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours.  Hugs those Kids for their Aunt Jamie

lisainco

From: lisainco

12/23/15

I would really love to come and will plan on it.

So glad you got the card.

Merry, merry Xmas ....

gerchgo

From: gerchgo

1/8/16

Flick was euthanized due to complications of that damn colic:(
RIP sweet boy, my condolences to his connections and Old Friends.

Flick at Old Friends (Photo by Rick Capone)

GEORGETOWN, KY - JANUARY 8, 2016 - Stakes winner Flick has died. The 24-year-old gelding, who resided at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, was euthanized Friday morning due to complications from colic.

Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the announcement this morning.

Bred in England by Side Hill Stud, Flick (Kris (GB) - Thakhayr (IRE), Sadler's Wells) had three starts in England before coming to the U.S. near the end of his 2-year-old season. He made his first start for new owner Judith Carmel at Hollywood Park, placing 5th.

Flick continued beating good horses at major West Coast tracks on both the dirt and the turf. His first stakes win, in fact, came on the grass at Turf Paradise in the one-mile Paradise Mile Handicap in 1997.

The following year he captured his greatest career victory, the Wicked North Handicap at Santa Anita. That same year he placed in the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy and the Grade 2 San Pasqual.

In 2000, at the age of 8, Flick tore a suspensory ligament and became one of the first Thoroughbreds to successfully undergo autologous stem cell and bone marrow treatments. He returned to the track and continued racing until he was 10, making his final start at Santa Anita in 2002.

In his 51 lifetime starts Flick had 8 wins and career earnings of $515,738.

"He was all heart every time he went to the track, and he always went to win," said Ms Carmel from her home in California. "He was everything you wanted a horse to be and he was always my favorite."

Carmel made an attempt to retrain Flick for a second career but "he was just a racehorse at heart," she said. "He didn't enjoy it." Carmel donated Flick to Old Friends in January of 2009.

"Our consulting vet Dr. Bryan Waldridge did all he could for Flick, who was taken to the Park Equine Clinic in Versailles on Tuesday," said Old Friends's Blowen. "But the horse's health continued to deteriorate and it was decided that we should not prolong his suffering. Bryan was with him until the end," added Blowen, "and for that we're very grateful.

"He was a wonderful horse and a favorite among our volunteers and our visitors," Blowen continued. "We're also so thankful to Judy Carmel. She's been a great friend and a great supporter and we're so glad she let us care for her terrific athlete all these years."

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