Old Friends at Kentucky Downs

Old Friends at Kentucky Downs
5565 Nashville Rd.
Franklin, KY 42134

Old Friends at Kentucky Downs is a unique partnership between Old Friends, Kentucky Downs Race Track and Simpson County Tourism.  It is the first thoroughbred retirement home located at a race track in the country.

Visiting Information

Old Friends at Kentucky Downs is closed Aug 30-Sept. 14th, 2018. 

Old Friends at Kentucky Downs is open all year. Tours are offered daily, beginning at 11 a.m. (After mid-afternoon, you may have to call 270-586-3040 for a tour guide.)

Travelers on nearby I-65 are encouraged to stop in any day.  (You’re in Kentucky; why not see some horses?) On bad weather days or major holidays, it’s a good idea to call first. Old Friends at Kentucky Downs is a unique outdoor activity suitable for people of all ages. 

Come on out and visit our equine retirees!  Feed them carrots, take some photos and visit the gift shop.  Tours are $5.00 per person, children 6 – 12 are $2.50 and children under 6 are free. All proceeds collected for tours and gift shop items goes directly to care for the horses.  Donations are gratefully accepted.  Tours are given at designated times.  Call the Simpson County Tourism office at 866-531-2040
([email protected]) or Old Friends office 270-253-2210 for more information.


Meet the retired thoroughbreds of Old Friends Kentucky Downs.

Ball Four, the 14-year-old son of Grand Slam who earned over $730,000 in his 31 starts. Ball Four has some distinct ties to Kentucky racing having won the Kentucky Cup and the Tejano Run Stakes at Turfway Park and the Fayette Stakes at Keeneland.
Rumor Has It won the Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs in 2008. The son of Awesome Again, he captured over $300,000 in his 38 starts.
Sgt. Bert won the 2005 and 2006 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland, where he set a track record for 5½ furlongs. The bay son of Confide earned over $350,000 in his career.
Thornfield is a Champion from the North. The 21-year-old son of Sky Classic was Canada's Sovereign-Award winner and Horse of the Year in 1999 and is best remembered there for his searing victory in the Canadian International at 19-1.
Good Lord

Balance of Power

Dueling Alex



Our Partners:

About Franklin Ky’s Simpson County Tourism Commission: The local tourism office is a rough-hewn log cabin just off Exit 2, at 81 Steele Road. It’s not far from Old Friends at Kentucky Downs. Stop in for directions, or feel free to sit on the porch for a spell. Be sure to check out the eight life-sized outdoor murals on site. Franklin is a great overnight stop for interstate travelers – a good choice of hotels, restaurants and fuel plazas without the frustration of city traffic.  Recreational opportunities include Kenny Perry’s golf course, Kentucky Downs’ gaming, a downtown historic district, a Mennonite driving tour, and a drive-in theatre. Shopping choices include crafts, boutiques, an art gallery, antique malls and a Super Walmart. Franklin has three museums; one of them offers ghost tours.  To learn more about Franklin and Simpson County, call toll-free 1-866-531-2040, or go to the website www.franklinky.com.  Additional information is available at www.kentuckytourism.com.

About Kentucky Downs: Kentucky Downs is located in Franklin, KY. The track conducts a live turf racing meet each September on the only "European-style" race course in North America. The meet is staged in an informal festival setting and features the annual running of the Grade III Kentucky Turf Cup. Additionally, Kentucky Downs offers year-round simulcasting and an expanded Gaming Floor that now offers 750 Historical Horse Racing games. Kentucky Downs also serves as the site for numerous entertainment events in Franklin and Simpson County. For visitor information call (270) 586-7778 or see their website at www.kentuckydowns.com.