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Monday, April 21, 2014
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Sunday, April 20, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kelly Allday  Office: (502) 722-9583  (502)...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Daisy Hill Senior Living is proud to host "Old Friends Helping Old Friends." This cocktail hour...






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Monday, April 21, 2014
Our good friends at Daily Racing Funnies have this SUPER Tshirt with Mel's original drawing of...
Sunday, April 20, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kelly Allday  Office: (502) 722-9583  (502)...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Daisy Hill Senior Living is proud to host "Old Friends Helping Old Friends." This cocktail hour...
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Thanks to our many supporters who always step up to help our horses.  We appreciate each and...
Friday, April 04, 2014
Old Friends at Cabin Creek's 4th Annual Derby Day Party May 3, 4-8PM Siro's Trattoria at the...
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement, West Sixth Brewing and Southern States Announce April 10 Hops...
Monday, March 17, 2014
Come to the party! Guests will enjoy silent & live auctions of horse racing memorabilia,...
Sunday, March 16, 2014
On May 3, from 12-5  Volunteers Viv Morrison and Bea Snyder will once again host Old Friends...
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Old Friends Along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Louisville’s Seelbach Hilton Hotel to Host 6th...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
To anyone familiar with the world of horse racing, Rosie Napravnik needs no introduction. As one of the top riders in the country, she continues to make her mark in a sport where women jockeys are in the minority...
Monday, September 23, 2013
Rosie Napravnik modeling the first of this year's Maggie Mae Designs hats! We're not sure why Sean...
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Fantastic video Tractor Supply shot here at Old Friends.
Monday, May 20, 2013
See WKYT TV's news coverage of Calvin Borel's recent visit to Old Friends! 
Monday, May 06, 2013
Lovely article (see page 14-15) By Denise Steffanus. Talkin' Tinner's Way, too!
Sunday, May 05, 2013
by Ashley Strickland of cnn.com
Saturday, May 04, 2013
The 2013 Ferdinand’s Ball was a great success with Peyton Siva as host by Sandy Dolan of Louisville.com
Friday, March 22, 2013
Kroger Cares about Old Friends! We now have rechargeable Kroger Gift Cards. Kroger will donate...
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Old Friends on Instagram!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Horseback Announces 12 Worthy Causes for the 12 Days of Christmas
Monday, September 24, 2012
Author: Stan Grossfeld - Boston Globe
New story about Old Friend's retiree Our Revival by Stan Grossfeld of the Boston Globe
Saturday, September 15, 2012
A homebred for owner Sanford Bacon, Dancin’ Renee is the New York-bred daughter of Distinctive Pro out of three-time New York Broodmare of the Year Lolli Lucka Lolli.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
In Support Of Thoroughbred Aftercare, Daily Racing Form Unveils A Special Commemorative Old...
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Breeders and stud farm owners in Kentucky looked at Michael Blowen like he was crazy when he first pitched his idea to them a decade ago: Open a retirement farm for pensioned stallions and make the most famous of those retirees a tourist attraction for racing fans and horse lovers.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Author: Greg Kocher / Lexington Herald Leader
By Greg Kocher — Lexington Herald Leader GEORGETOWN — For all of you who were the last to be...
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Lovable loser Zippy Chippy could win big in retirement  By Bruce Schreiner, Associated...
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Rapid Redux, the extraordinary racehorse who holds the modern North American record of 22...
Sunday, May 20, 2012
New York's Magnificent Oheka Castle to Host the Inaugural Old Friends Belmont Ball
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Our good friends Tim Wilson and Nick Newman are developing videos for each of our horses.  They have completed Fortunate Prospect, Creator, Sunshine Forever, Hidden Lake, Kiri's Clown, Ogygian,...
Friday, December 23, 2011
Janet Patton - Lexington Herald Leader
Friday, March 25, 2011
Old Friends works so well for the industry at large not because it makes people want to support Old Friends but because it makes people want to support retired Thoroughbreds.
Friday, October 24, 2008
http://www.oldfriendsequine.org/pdfs/BHarticle.pdf It takes a village to raise a child and,...
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Author: parzoe
Our friend, Bill Nack wrote the following story about Old Friends a year or so ago for Life Magazine.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Author: parzoe
“Final Days for a Hall of Famer,” is the now Eclipse Award winning article written by Bill Mooney, which appeared in the January 07 edition of Post Time USA. The article won in the 2007 Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the News/Commentary category. Bill is a dear friend to both the horses and humans at Old Friends. He is a racing historian and writer. Bill.....congratulations! ----
Friday, December 07, 2007
Author: Sylvia
Michael Blowen, the eclectic movie critic of the Boston Globe, was in love with the horses. He wanted to learn everything about them, so that he might cash in more tickets. He begged legendary trainer Carlos Figueroa for a job on the backstretch. Blowen expected to be paid. Figueroa looked shocked.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Author: Sylvia
Old Friends' founder and president Michael Blowen discovered his unique bond with Thoroughbreds while working as a volunteer groom at Suffolk Downs during the 1990s, eventually buying and racing a small stable of claiming-level horses before leaving his position as Arts & Entertainment reporter and film critic for The Boston Globe to become operations director for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation....
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Author: Bill Mooney
It has been a good year for Old Friends the Thoroughbred retirement project headquartered at Hurstland Farm in Midway Kentucky Since January its roster of pensioned racehorses has increased from...
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Author: Maryjean Wall
They said a few words over Fraise recently, a right proper send-off for a well-liked horse.

Near Midway, at the horse retirement home on Hurstland Farm called Old Friends, the cremated remains of Fraise received their final respects and some flowers, too...
Friday, August 01, 2003
Author: Sylvia
Charm comes in all colors. On July 23 at Hopewell Farm, it was silver. An anonymous donor contributed a halter from the 1997 Derby winner who now stands proudly at Three Chimneys Farm. After spirited bidding between myself and Ryan Sigley, Sissy’s son, he won the coveted halter. I was crushed. It was, in large part, my party and I really wanted that halter more than I would have admitted....
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Author: MURRAY EVANS - The Associated Press
LEXINGTON, Ky. - When a thoroughbred stallion abroad has outlived his breeding usefulness, anything can happen to him, even if he's a Kentucky Derby winner.

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Monday, April 21, 2014
Our good friends at Daily Racing Funnies have this SUPER Tshirt with Mel's original drawing of...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Daisy Hill Senior Living is proud to host "Old Friends Helping Old Friends." This cocktail hour...
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Thanks to our many supporters who always step up to help our horses.  We appreciate each and...
Friday, April 04, 2014
Old Friends at Cabin Creek's 4th Annual Derby Day Party May 3, 4-8PM Siro's Trattoria at the...
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement, West Sixth Brewing and Southern States Announce April 10 Hops...
Monday, March 17, 2014
Come to the party! Guests will enjoy silent & live auctions of horse racing memorabilia,...
Sunday, March 16, 2014
On May 3, from 12-5  Volunteers Viv Morrison and Bea Snyder will once again host Old Friends...
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Old Friends Along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Louisville’s Seelbach Hilton Hotel to Host 6th...
Thursday, January 30, 2014
These are items we are currently using.  Please click the links to see them.  Any...
Sunday, January 26, 2014
On February 22 the Seelbach Hilton Hotel will host the 6th annual “Old Friends Along the Kentucky...
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
12 Days of Christmas for Old Friends Wish List 1) Toner cartridges under the tree *Canon Laser...
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Our friends the Acoustikats! Are having a benefit concert for Old Friends on Dec. 9th at the...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
To anyone familiar with the world of horse racing, Rosie Napravnik needs no introduction. As one of the top riders in the country, she continues to make her mark in a sport where women jockeys are in the minority...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
NEW! Facebook page for MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Presents Hats Off to the Horses of Old Friends
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
This Sunday, Aug. 25th our friends at Red State BBQ will donate 20% of sales to Old...
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Adirondack Stone Works touched our hearts recently by donating memorial stones for our barn cats...
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Come on out!   Old Friends party at Anne's Washington Inn in Saratoga on Friday July 26,...
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Check it out! Dr. Steven Allday, DVM has been such a great friend of our horses and donates...
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Join us this Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Meet Calvin Borel May 20th 1 pm to 4 pm
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Old Friends 9th Annual Homecoming Event     May 5th at 3:00 pm.  Come to...
Saturday, April 27, 2013
We have events in three states and five cities in just four days!     Ferdinand's Ball...
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Special Guest Horse Appearance at Keeneland Come meet Arson Squad!  In the Paddock at...
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
PRESS RELEASE LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Woodford Reserve®, the...
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Rosie Napravnik, who won the Battle of New Orleans, handily, will be coming by on Monday, April...
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The 4th Annual Ferdinand’s Ball Derby gala to be held at the Muhammad Ali Center
Friday, March 22, 2013
Kroger Cares about Old Friends! We now have rechargeable Kroger Gift Cards. Kroger will donate...
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Old Friends on Instagram!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Kano Doble, who resided at Old Friends for seven years, was humanely euthanized yesterday...
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Lane's End Fan Appreciation Day, Maggie Mae Designs New Rapid Redux hat, Breeders' Cup Connections, New website features,
Monday, October 15, 2012
Please join us this Saturday, Oct. 20th 8:30 a.m. in the paddock at Keeneland for an Old Friends...
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Old Friends Celebrates the Thoroughbred Times Party, Dancin' Renee, Racketeer, Leroy Jolley, New Friends
Sunday, September 09, 2012
New website, Saturday at River Downs, Zippy Chippy Heads Home, Mike Reople donation and Rapid Redux makes a special appearance at the Secretariat Festival...
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Zippin’ for Zippy Chippy! Old Friends Day at the Louisville Mega Cavern Weeeeeeee! On...
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
 
Monday, July 02, 2012
Heatwave at Old Friends & Rapid Redux Open House
Sunday, April 08, 2012
Spring Update
Friday, March 16, 2012
From Michael... Over the years, several people stopped by Old Friends to tell us we had a...
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Our good friends Tim Wilson and Nick Newman are developing videos for each of our horses.  They have completed Fortunate Prospect, Creator, Sunshine Forever, Hidden Lake, Kiri's Clown, Ogygian,...
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
From Michael... Just before dawn, I woke up to howling winds, pounding thunder and brilliant flashes of lightning. In that sleepy haze, I half-dreamt about my least favorite word - IF....
Saturday, February 11, 2012
From Michael... There haven't been many days better than today at Old Friends.  Every retiree was full of vim and vinegar and Triple Crown Senior. Dan and Stephen filmed Diane...
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
From Michael...    It's 62 degrees and sunny here at Old Friends. Through the back window, you can see Afternoon Deelites sunning himself and Gulch nibbling the grass that's lasted...
Thursday, January 12, 2012
From Michael... This morning, just before dawn, Afternoon Deelites galloped out of the darkness heading straight for his feed tub. Gulch, in the neighboring paddock, was already waiting for his...
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Years can be measured in moments: Marquetry's kind eye just before he went in for colic surgery and his wonderful recovery; Creator slobbering over organic strawberries; Mike the Spike and...
Saturday, December 10, 2011
From Michael..    Friday morning I had the privilege of addressing about 80 of the most knowledgable, curious, intelligent and sensitive horse racing fans I've ever met. They asked...
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
From Michael...    Friday morning I had the privilege of addressing about 80 of the most knowledgable, curious, intelligent and sensitive horse racing fans I've ever met. They asked...
Monday, August 29, 2011
Having traveled cross-country from the Loma Rica Ranch in Grass Valley, CA., the body of deceased Hall of Fame champion Noor will be re-interred in Kentucky at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred...
Thursday, July 28, 2011
From Michael... The outpouring of love and affection toward the recent devastating loss of both Awad and Cozy Miss is truly inspiring. From trainer David Donk to his many, many fans Awad was a...
Friday, May 27, 2011
From Michael...   On Monday, Memorial Day, we will have our annual tribute to the horses we lost in the last year: Academy Award, Bonnie's Poker, Polish Navy, Glitterman, Jade Hunter and...
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
From Michael... We lost The Wicked North last Monday. He was humanely euthanized at Hagyard's Equine Medical after suffering with a fatal lipoma. He was a great racehorse and a better retiree....
Thursday, February 17, 2011
From Michael... We just welcomed Patton, a gift from Brereton Jones at Airdrie Stud, and Stormy Passage, who bowed a tendon at Turfway Park. It took Patton just a few minutes to figure...
Thursday, February 10, 2011
From Diane...  The Cats at Old Friends   The Old Friends cat population has reached double figures. We have three barn cats, three house cats, a garage cat and, with...
Thursday, December 30, 2010
From Michael...   In honor of their birthday's on Saturday a few stories from some of our favorites.   Marquetry continues to impress with his classy disposition and...
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
From Michael... Christmas is an extra special time here at Old Friends. The horses get cards with heartwarming stories from people who have visted during the past year and our supporters are...
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
From Michael...   Great horses...great people...great food...great weather...That sums up our post-Breeders' Cup party at Old Friends. Thanks to all of our new and old friends that...
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
From Michael...   Our young friend, Lucy Duane and her friend Abby came by the farm on Sunday and donated $209.07 to Old Friends. All the bills and and coins were delivered in a plastic...
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
From Michael...    The last few days at Old Friends were just amazing. On Saturday, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) visited with her daughter, Mary Shannon, and her friend, Gail Dady....
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
From Michael...   What a great weekend: Visitors from 15 different countries have toured Old Friends during the Alltech World Equestrian Games; Tinners Way, multiple Gr. 1 winning son of...
Thursday, May 27, 2010
This Memorial Day, Old Friends will pay tribute to some very special Thoroughbred Champions. On May 31st Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, KY, will have a...
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
DECEMBER 22, 2009-Gulch, the six-time Grade 1-winning son of Mr. Prospector, arrived today at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY, where he will permanently retire....
Monday, April 21, 2008
Author: parzoe
We're very excited about seeing everyone on the first Sunday in May, our 2008 Homecoming at Old Friends. We can't wait to show everyone the new retirees and explain our plans for the future...
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Author: parzoe
Danthebluegrassman and Cappucino Kid are settling in very nicely. We are very grateful to everyone who helped get them to us and we promise to take great care of them. We now have 40 Old Friends (29 here and 11 off-site) and we need more room....

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Monday, March 10, 2014
THE NAME'S JIMMY 1989 - 2014 Encino out of Dancing at Dawn by Grey Dawn Obit Press...
Monday, January 13, 2014
DANCIN RENEE 1992 - 2014            ...
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
SUNSHINE FOREVER 1985 - 2014 Roberto out of Outward Sunshine by Graustark Obit: January 7,...
Monday, January 06, 2014
PATTON 1991 - 2014 Lord At War (ARG) out of Slew Me Down by Seattle Slew Obit: January 6,...
Thursday, September 19, 2013
KLASSY BRIEFCASE - 1985 - 2013 Medieval Man out of Leather Gallery by The Pruner Obit:...
Friday, February 01, 2013
Marquetry 1987-2013 Conquistador Cielo out of Regent’s Walk (CAN) by Vice Regent (CAN) Obit:...
Sunday, August 05, 2012
1992 Canadian Horse of the Year
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Handicap Winner Eternal Orage
Friday, May 18, 2012
Leave Seattle's road to Old Friends was anything but smooth.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Photo by Rick Capone   Lucy's Axe - Crackling Wind - Forever Casting |...
Friday, March 16, 2012
One of the truly great stallions in Florida's breeding history
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Charming girl
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Windundermywings
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Richard's Lass
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Daughter of the great Precisionist
Monday, August 01, 2011
Magic Dot raced only two times, never earning She foaled two winners
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Grand old dame...Cozy Miss
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Of his 70 starts, he finished in the money 50 percent of the time
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Generous horse...
Thursday, April 14, 2011
All that glitters may not be gold, but sometimes the real thing is unmistakable. Glitterman,...
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The Wicked North -1994 Eclipse Award for Older Male Horse
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sire of the 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Among the best racers of a great generation; sire of 1993 Derby winner Sea Hero
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Academy Award, a graded stakes-winning son of Secretariat
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Dam of 1997 Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
His prowess, and its range from 1 mile to classic distance, caught the eye of trainer Bobby Frankel.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
1991 Horse of the Year; winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic
Friday, February 19, 2010
Came in 4th to Winning Colors in the 1988 Kentucky Derby
Monday, October 05, 2009
The King of Beulah Park
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Grand Dame, daughter of Exceller
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Ruhlmann
Saturday, January 01, 2005
Saturday, January 01, 2005

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Thursday, September 05, 2013
Fantastic video Tractor Supply shot here at Old Friends.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Our good friends Tim Wilson and Nick Newman are developing videos for each of our horses.  They have completed Fortunate Prospect, Creator, Sunshine Forever, Hidden Lake, Kiri's Clown, Ogygian,...