Old Friends Books

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CELEBRATING OLD FRIENDS
BY RICK CAPONE

2017:   When Michael Blowen first dreamed of creating Old Friends, he envisioned a place where Thoroughbred stallions could retire with dignity following their racing or breeding careers. He also wanted people to come and visit the iconic horses.

In 2003, Blowen opened Old Friends on leased land with a miniature horse named Little Silver Charm, a gelding named Invigorate and a mare named Narrow Escape. Today, Old Friends cares for more than 175 retired Thoroughbreds, including two Kentucky Derby winners. The non-profit farm also opened two satellite farms, one in New York and one at Kentucky Downs racetrack.

In his follow-up to The History of Old Friends, author Rick Capone revisits the unforgettable history of this horse retirement home and tells the stories of some of the farm's greatest horses, including Kentucky Derby winners Silver Charm, War Emblem and Charismatic, whose time on the farm was way too short.

Capone also tells the stories of some of the main farm's other wonderful horses, such as Genuine Reward, Little Mike, Touch Gold and Sarava to name just a few. In addition he also tells the story of how King Congee came to live at Old Friends at Cabin Creek in New York, and of Thornfield, who now calls Old Friends at Kentucky Downs home.  
Softcover.  
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  OLD AND NEW FRIENDS
BY BARBARA D. LIVINGSTON

2016: When Barbara Livingston’s first “Old Friends” book was released in 2002, the simple concept of chronicling famous – and some not-so-famous – Thoroughbreds in their senior years lit a spark within horse-racing aficionados and further editions followed. Now, Livingston brings us “Old and New Friends,” featuring nearly 100 retired horses including dual classic winner Silver Charm, champion Hidden Lake, and the country’s oldest-ever recorded Thor­oughbred, Prospect Point. And in a slight departure from the earlier editions, Livingston also features some younger subjects this time, including the 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and the 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Hardcover book.  $39.95 plus shipping. We are exclusively selling these signed copies - but numbers are limited!  
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History of Old Friends A Home for Retired Thoroughbreds
By Rick Capone

2014: This is the story of the creation of Old Friends, a Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky., by Michael Blowen, who turned a dream into reality.

Like many before him in the Bluegrass State, Michael Blowen, a former Boston Globe film critic, fell in love with horses, specifically Thoroughbreds. The reality beyond the racetracks, he knew, was that each day a Thoroughbred was in the spotlight, for some of these distinguished athletes, their days were numbered. For that reason, he dreamed of finding a way to give them a dignified retirement after they completed their rigorous racing careers. When he opened the Thoroughbred retirement farm Old Friends in Kentucky in 2003, he never dreamed his idea would grow so big, so fast. Today, Old Friends is home to more than 130 horses, many of them stallions, as well as geldings, mares and one loveable miniature horse named Little Silver Charm. Join journalist and horse lover Rick Capone for the story of Old Friends and the horses that call the arm home.
50% of the sales of this book is donated to Old Friends.  Softcover.

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A CHARMED LIFE
BY LITTLE SILVER CHARM (AND DIANE WHITE)

2016: Little Silver Charm, the official "spokeshorse" at Old Friends made his debut as an author with the release of A Charmed Life (Old Friends Press) in 2016.

The 80-page, softcover book, penned with the assistance from former Boston Globe columnist Diane White, combines selected commentary from Little Silver Charm's popular Facebook page with photos from Eclipse-Award winning photographer Barbara Livingston, Rick Capone, Laura Battles, and Equisport Photos.

Through his wry and witty observations Little Silver Charm chronicles the story of Old Friends and showcases many of the celebs that have visited the farm over the years, including jockeys Rosie Napravnik, Kent Desormeaux, Angel Cordero and owner Joe Torre.

Old Friends, established in 2003, is now home to such champions of the turf as Kentucky Derby winners Silver Charm and War Emblem, Breeders' Cup Champions Alphabet Soup and Amazombie, and Belmont Stakes winners Sarava and Touch Gold.

Little Silver Charm, a presumed miniature cross, was rescued from a slaughter-bound truck for $40. He was adopted by Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen and his wife Diane White, and has since developed a loyal following of fans and supporters.  

A portion of the proceeds from A Charmed Life will help support the 175 former racehorses retired at Old Friends. Retailing for $15, A Charmed Life is available by calling Old Friends (502) 863-1775 or at Amazon (click here).

Click here to visit Little Silver Charm's Facebook page.

 
LITTLE SILVER CHARM
BY DAN RHEMA

2015: Little Silver Charm, a miniature horse with a bump on his head and no memory, finds himself the newest resident at Old Friends Farm, a home for retired Thoroughbred racehorses.

Little Silver Charm is an imaginative, engaging book, filled with charming characters—old friends and some new ones, too—along with an incorrigible villain to add spice to the mix. Goodness and love triumph in the end, of course, as they forever should.
- Bill Mooney, Eclipse Award-winning turf writer

Dan Rhema captures the spirit of Old Friends and its resident good-luck charm, Little Silver Charm, in this enjoyable novel that will introduce young readers to the great work being done at this wonderful equine retirement facility.
- Jay Privman, award-winning writer with Daily Racing Form and proud Old Friends supporter

50% of this book's profits are donated to Old Friends.   Softcover.

Call us to order at 502-863-1775    $13 plus $5 shipping. 


 

 

 

Old Friends News

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