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.

Some of our Old girlFriends in residence include:   

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!

Saudi Poetry

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.


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

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
Elaine – Rockwood, TN
Mary – Beaverton, OR
Julie – Rougemont, NC
Autumn - Glendale Heights, IL
John & Patricia - Overland Park, KS
Sally - North Franklin, KY
Nancy - Ghent, NY
Mary – Lexington, KY
Paula – Lexington, KY
Renata – Merritt Island, FL
Gale – Knoxville, MD
Sheila – Pittsburgh, PA
Sue – Mars, PA
Keegan – Scottsdale, AZ
Linda – Gulf Breeze, FL
Mary – Lexington, KY
Eleanor – Louisville, KY
Julie – Troy, MI
James & Elise – Lexington, KY
Barry & Nancy – Staunton, IL
Pat – Doylestown, PA
Victoria – Saratoga Springs, NY
Sheri – Arbor Vitae,WI
Alice – Charlotte, NC
Jonatha – Rock Hill, SC
Terri – Columbia, CA
Debra – Sonora, CA
Beverly – Wilmington, DE
Dyan – Louisville, KY
Kerrie – Little Chute, WI
Hannah – Little Chute, WI
Andrew – South Pasadena, CA
Linda – Peabody, MA
Chris – Tualatin, OR
Kathy – Louisville KY
Heather – Norfolk, VA
Elizabeth – Paducah, KY
Jane – Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Karen – Tucson, AZ
Leslie – Ashford, CT
Nancy – Ghent, NY
Tracy – Milwaukee, WI
Cynthia – Louisville, KY
Jean – Seacaucus, NJ
Jean – Pompton Plains, NJ
Susan - Odenton, MD
Michelle – Gansevoort, NY
Jane – Libertyville, IL
Barbara – Andover, MA
Arleen – Lexington, KY
Havanna – West Barnstable, MA
Peter & Mary – Atlanta, GA
Kat – Green Mountain Falls, CO


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
Sharon - Seattle, WA
Linda – Clifton, NJ
Anne – Crestwood, KY
Mary – San Diego, CA
Bucky – Jupiter, FL
Nancy – Jupiter, FL
Lindsay – Cincinnati, OH
Lisa - Williamsville, IL
Carol - Louisville, KY
Marybeth - Harbor Beach, MI
Delores – Normal, IL
Terrie & Carl – Monrovia, CA
Clare & Howard – Blanco, TX
Courtney – Campton, VA
Mary – Dayton, OH
Wendy – Lexington, KY
Kim - Saratoga Springs, NY
Mary – Parrish, FL
Terie – West Hills, CA
Diane – Phoenix, AZ
Lisa – Matthews, NC
Dana – Lexington, KY
Linda – Alachua, FL
Lori – Fox River Grove, IL
Anne – Southern Pines, NC
Nancy – Irvine, CA
Sheila – Marlette, MI
Rosanna – Georgetown, KY
Carolyn – Louisville, KY
Barry & Nancy – Staunton, IL
Ann – Louisville, KY
Sandy -  San Luis Obispo, CA
Sue – Port Charlotte, FL
Martha Ann - Jackson, TN
Marianne – Arlington, VA
Michael – San Pedro, CA
Katherine – Concord, MA
Teresa – Marietta, GA
Susan & Boyd – Hoodsport, WA
Deanna – Louisville, KY
Roger – Ft. Thomas, KY
Katherine – Stow, MA
Laura – Rio Grande, NJ
Carol – Bronx, NY
Penny – Albuquerque, NM
Karen – Pocatello, ID
Diane – Fort Myers, FL
Margaret – Flat Rock, NC
Karen – Pocatello, ID
Edward – Cincinnati, OH
Carrie – Duvall, WA
Esther – Winchester, KY
Patricia – Hoover, AL

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