Mares Rule!

Meet and Support Our Matriarchs.


So much is made of the wonderful stallions in residence at Old Friends like Silver Charm, Alphabet Soup and Albert the Great, but sometimes we just have to say... let’s hear it for the girls!  Many thanks to artist Marti McGinnis of for the fantastic logo!

You may not know that Old Friends started with a mare named Narrow Escape, who would go on to form the foundation of a small but accomplished group of mares who have called Old Friends home.  At 21, the former allowance horse ended up in the sales ring at the 2004 Fasig-Tipton February Sale. When she failed to meet her $1,000 reserve, we rushed to make her our principal retiree. Not only was she a daughter of the ill-fated Exceller, but her name also reflected the possible destiny of future paddock-mates.

Over the years, our girl-herd has included the Eclipse Champion Older Female of 1997, Hidden Lake; Bonnie’s Poker, the dam of 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and current Old Friends star, Silver Charm; Grade 1 winner Halo America; world-record setter Klassy Briefcase; and even a Champion Two-Year-Old filly from Australia, Bint Marscay.

Current Old girlFriends in residence include:   

Champion Filly Bint Marscay won the prestigious Group 1 Golden Slipper in 1993 against the boys in Australia. Binty made her way to Kentucky to be a broodmare, but had only a few offspring and was plagued with reproductive issues.  Her babies, however, were top notch. Her outstanding daughter, Bollinger, was a Grade 1 winner, and is the dam of Louisiana Derby winner Friesian Fire. Today, Binty is doted on by Old Friends photographer and tour guide, Laura Battles, and has the title of most photographed horse on the farm!

Black Tie Countess is a 22-year-old daughter of 1991 Horse of the Year Black Tie Affair, who was a beloved Old Friends resident before his death in 2010. Unlike her gray sire, the Countess is a beautiful bay and spends her days hanging out with her best girlfriend, Our Revival.

Our farm veterinarian, Dr. Bryan Waldridge, fell in love with Elusive Honey when she was a patient at Park Equine Hospital. When the opportunity arose, Bryan asked Michael if there was space at Old Friends for a really sweet mare. Michael said yes, and now Honey’s best friends are and Australian Champion, a daughter of Ferdinand and a Grade 1 producer.  She fits right in!

Euronfire won three races before contracting EHV-1 virus. When her physical condition precluded a resumption of her racing career and a possible second career didn’t work out, the beautiful chestnut was sent to Old Friends, where she receives plenty of carrots and love.

Bred and raced by long-time Old Friends supporter Gov. Brereton C. Jones, Lady Grizzley won a race at Presque Isle Downs in Pennsylvania and had an abbreviated career as a broodmare before she was welcomed to our band of girls.

While Miss Du Bois failed to win a race in 15 tries, the daughter of the exceptional sire Mr. Prospector found her calling as a broodmare. Her successful daughter, Film Maker, won over $2.2 million and the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth at Keeneland, and twice finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf Stakes.

A granddaughter of two Old Friends stallions, Criminal Type and Sunshine Forever, Miss Hooligan was a three-year-old maiden with 11 starts running for a $5,000 claiming tag when she caught the eye of a Kentucky partnership. A bold run and second-place finish at River Downs suggested that she possessed competitive spirit. But when the veterinarian advised that a conformational flaw was a risk to Miss Hooligan’s safety if she continued racing, her owners did the right thing and retired her to Old Friends.

MissZoey Belle made 74 lifetime starts racing mostly in Kentucky and Ohio, winning seven races and earning $70,000 during her six-year racing career. Bred by Old Friends supporter, John Oxley, the pretty bay mare became a resident in 2013.

Santona was a Champion Grass Mare in Chile in 1997. Brought to the United States in 1998, she was unable to reproduce her best race form and was retired to be a broodmare.  Her son, Grand Hombre won the Pennsylvania Derby in 2003 and over $900,000. Today, Santona rules her paddock with an iron fist. She’s convinced life is all about her.

Become a Lifetime Member of the Old girlFriend’s Society

For your $100 donation you will receive:

  • The Old girlFriends dog tag
  • An 8 x 10 photo of one of our Old girlFriends
  • An annual visit to the Old girlFriend’s paddock(s)
  • Your name listed on the Old girlFriend’s Society page on our website.

Please give us a call at 502-863-1775 to sign up!


Check it out!   We have some cool Old girlFriends merchandise you can buy to show your support!  

Tshirts are $20.00 (though you get one free with your membership)

Mugs are $20.00

Dog tags are $5.00

Just call us at 502-863-1775 to order. 



To our Old girlfriends Society members we say a very sincere, Thank you!! 

Ann - Santa Barbara, CA
Cathi - Asheville, NC
Delores - Normal, IL
Jen – Simpsonville, KY
Jill – Mt. Eden, KY
John – Pelham, NH
Judy – Naples, FL
Anne – Spring Valley, OH
Carrie Lynn – Monrovia, CA
Delores – Normal, IL
Denise – Louisville, KY
Ellen – Healdsburg, CA
Ellen – Marion, WI
Jeanne – Delaware, OH
Karen – Long Beach, CA
Kelly – Hammond, IN
Kim – Welland, ON
Linda – Terre Haute, IN
Thelma - Bethany, CT
Anne - Georgetown, KY
Alma - Nashville, TN
Susan - Georgetown, KY
Linda – Woodstock, IL
Sara – Granville, OH
Connie – Georgetown, KY
Cherie – St. Charles, MO
Mary – Boone, NC
Elizabeth – Lexington, KY
Rebecca – Phoenix, AZ
Latricia – Louisville, KY
Lauren – Danville, KY
Donna – Glendale Heights, IL
Dora – Glendale Heights, IL
Alma - Nashville, TN
Anne – Georgetown, KY
April – Sealy, TX
Cherie – St, Charles, MO
Connie – Georgetown, KY
Tracy – Jeffersonville, IN
Carol – Phoenix, AZ
Carol – Scottsdale, AZ
Carol – Imperial, MO
Shirlee – Louisville, KY
Patricia – Winchester, VA
Rose & Keith – Easley, SC
Lisa & Rob – Williamsville, IL
Patricia & William – Hoover, AL
Kelly – Hammond, IN
Loreca – Auburn, WA
Faye – Cadiz, KY
Carolyn – Mt. Eden, KY
Paula – Mt. Pleasant, SC
Katherine – Rising Sun, IN
Betsy – Prospect, KY
Carol – Cincinnati, OH
Colette – Harpswell, ME
Corey Armstrong – Lawrenceville, GA
Dawson – Akron, OH
Judith – Wilmington, DE
Janet – Louisville, KY    
Alex & Edwina – Georgetown, KY
Peggy – Philadelphia, PA
Darlene – Pittsburgh, PA
Marion – Lexington, KY
Linda – Olympia, WA


Linda – Georgetown, KY
Nancy – Lafayette, IN
Patricia – Georgetown, KY
Sandra – Wilmington, DE
Sharon – Urbandale, IA
Walter – Floral Park, NY
Nancy- Ghent, KY
Linda -  Westerville, OH
Margaret – Columbus, OH
Mary – Berrville, GA
Mary – Davie, FL
Mary – Easton, MD
Mary Jo – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Megan – Spring Valley, OH
Mike – Beverly Hills, CA
Pamela – Somers, NY
Patti – Chicago, IL
Paula – Boston, MA
Kathy - Pace, Fl
Corrine - Peoria, IL
Patricia - Pickens, SC
April - Sealy, TX
Dave – Peoria, IL
Kathy – Pace, FL
Latricia – Louisville, KY
Lisa – Cranford, NJ
Mary – Boone, NC
Melissa & Matt – Conroe, TX
Patricia – Pickens, SC
Rebecca – Phoenix, AZ
Susan – Georgetown, KY
Thelma – Bethany, CT
Paul & Margaret – Seven Devils, NC
Martha – Fresno, CA
Lilly – Mesa, AZ
Lisa – Lexington, KY
Connie – Bloomington, IL
Tamara – Zephyr Cove, NV
Brooke – Tucson, AZ
Sissy – Bagdad, KY
Carol – Lexington, KY
Delores – Normal, IL
Gabriela - Maineville, OH
Kathryn – Clemmons, NC
Ann Marie – Orlando, FL
Teresa – Mississauga, ON
Maggie – Fountain Valley, CA
Sharon – San Antonio, TX
Susan – Holland, MI
Nancy – Amelia, OH
Ed – Lexington, KY
Sara – High Point, NC
Carol – Venice, FL
Mary Ann – Lexington, KY
Kathy – Portland, IN
Kimberly – Carmel, IN
Lillie – Greenberg, KY
Mary – Ft. Thomas, KY
Patrice – Greenberg, KY
Sue – Tucson, AZ
Becky & Mike – Lexington, KY
Lisa – Lexington, KY
Linda – Georgetown, KY
Gladys - Newark, CA
Rod & Louise – Cheyenne, WY

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