Save the dates in 2013:
Old Friends Along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® Feb. 23rd, 2013
Historic Seelbach Hilton Hotel
in Louisville, KY
May 2nd, 2013
Frazier History Museum
in Louisville, KY
Old Friends Annual Homecoming
May 5th, 2013
at Old Friends Kentucky
Old Friends Belmont Ball
June 5th, 2013
in Huntington NY
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CORRECTION to this email: Please know that Klassy Briefcase is NOT deceased, but is alive and well. Very sorry for the error.
Now that the days are growing shorter, it's time to put away as much hay as possible for the coming months. That's hay as in hay, and hay as in donations. We're very pleased that more and more horse owners and breeders see Old Friends as a suitable retirement facility for the post-racing and breeding careers of their athletes. The problem, of course, is that we don't have enough land to meet their needs or enough money to expand. So, while the sun shines, let's make more hay. While I hate asking for money, our waiting list that's much too long and we need to provide retirements for more of these deserving horses.
This Thursday night, Nick Ryan's Saloon
in Lexington is donating 20% of the evening's gross receipts to Old Friends. It's a great restaurant: terrific dishes, superb service and a marvelous bar. Barb and Don, the owners, supported Old Friends last year with a barbeque contest. Expected guests include jockey Kent Desormeaux. I'll be there talking about Old Friends and all attendees will receive a copy of The Daily Racing Form's Old Friends Scene magazine.Lane's End Farm
has kindly invited me to attend their Fan Appreciation Day on Nov. 4th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. I'lll be available to talk about the industry's concerns with thoroughbred care after they are finished racing and breeding.
Lane's End generously donated Gulch to us a few years ago. He is enjoying a happy and leisurely retirement greeting his many fans. Copies of the Daily Racing Form's Old Friends Scene magazine will be available.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik visits Old Friends
Photo © Sylvia Stiller
Everyone at Old Friends really was excited yesterday when jockey extraordinaire, Rosie Napravnik paid a visit to see all of our retirees. She brought her wonderful dog, Leo, and spent a lot of time playing with Little Silver Charm. I mentioned to her that Sunshine Forever won the Eclipse Award in 1988 as Turf Champion and Rosie, without missing a beat, said that was the year she was born. I told her that she probably rode some of his children. She quickly responded, "grandchildren." She did really love meeting Sarava because she saw him win the Belmont in 2002 and they all loved seeing her. It's so great when someone as nice as Rosie comes to visit and really appreciates how much these great retirees mean to her sport.
Sarava returns to Keeneland representing Old Friends
In his only career start at Keeneland Race Course, Sarava turned in a solid effort en route to his victory in the 2002 Belmont Stakes (G1).
The first winner of a Triple Crown event to call Old Friends home, Sarava made a triumphant return to Keeneland to represent the retirement organization on Saturday, Oct. 20. The son of Wild Again, now 13, appeared in the paddock for a demonstration during Breakfast at the Works prior to the day's races. Fans were treated to the a stretch-run replay of Sarava's Belmont, as was the horse, who stopped and watched as he defeated Medaglia d'Oro, Perfect Drift, Proud Citizen, Sunday Break, Essence of Dubai and, of course, War Emblem. Gary and Kitty Drake, who campaigned Sarava and donated him to Old Friends, attended along with dozens of fans.
Sarava, who began his career in England, finished second to Wiseman's Ferry in an allowance race at Keeneland on April 14, 2002. Less than two months later, he sprang the biggest upset in Triple Crown history when he won the Belmont Stakes, denying War Emblem's bid for the series sweep. The colt returned $142.50 to win before the largest crowd in Belmont history.
Keeneland was one of 12 tracks Sarava competed at over the course of his career. The stallion, who won three of 17 starts and earned $773,832, arrived at Old Friends on Sept. 29.
Fittingly, a few hours after Sarava's appearance, his former trainer Ken McPeek - who has won the training title at four of the last six meets at Keeneland - earned his first win of the 2012 fall meet with a filly who also has a connection to Old Friends. McPeek saddled the maiden winner I'm Your Luv, a daughter of Scat Daddy. The stallion was sired by Johannesburg, who is out of Myth, a daughter of Old Friends retiree Ogygian.
Click here to see video of Sarava visiting Keeneland © Steve Blake
Wallace Station solid in show ring debut
Old Friends resident Wallace Station made an admirable show ring debut at the Thoroughbred Horse Show Association's fall show Oct. 6-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Competing in the crossrail division, the ten-year-old son of Capote picked up a second, two thirds and a sixth in his classes. Wallace Station won nine of 29 starts during his racing career, earning $118,827.
The Thoroughbred Horse Show Association was created to develop horse shows exclusively for Thoroughbreds registered with the Jockey Club, showcasing the second career potential for racehorses. The Association's inaugural event, in April 2012, drew more than 100 entries.
Old Friends connections
in graded stakes races last weekend
Risky Rachel (Limehouse x Dancin Renee, by Distinctive Pro) finished fifth in the Iroquois Stakes, part of New York Showcase Day, Sept. 20 at Belmont Park.
Risky Rachel's dam Dancin Renee is one of the newest residents at Old Friends, as the mare arrived on Sept. 14. The graded stakes winner was New York's Horse of the Year, champion sprinter and champion older female of 1997.
Risky Rachel, a four-time stakes winner, is the most accomplished of Dancin Renee's foals. Like her dam, she was bred and is owned by Sanford Bacon.
Briecat (Adcat x Silk Briefcase, by Marlin) finished sixth, beaten only about five lengths, in the Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (G3) Oct. 20 at Santa Anita Park. Silk Briefcase is out of the Rubiano mare Briefcase, whose dam is Old Friends resident Klassy Briefcase.
Briecat, who began her career as a maiden claimer, is a multiple graded stakes winner who finished second to Zenyatta in the 2009 Vanity Handicap (G1). The record-setting turf sprinter Klassy Briefcase was gritty campaigner who won stakes races from ages three to six.
November 3 is Old Friends Day at Beulah Park
Honoring Appygolucky's legacy. Come out to Beulah for Breeders Cup Saturday, November 3 from 12-5 and enjoy great racing while supporting Old Friends.
Visit our booth and bid on silent auction items! Tshirts and caps and other items will be available for a donation. Old Friends - Appygolucky race to be featured on the local race card.
Old Friends is proud to be the permanent retirement home of former Beulah Park campaigners Mikethespike, I'm Charismatic and the late Appygolucky, affectionately known as the King of the Claimers, Appy still holds the BEU trace record at a mile. Old Friends Days at Beulah Park and River Downs are now held in his honor to raise funds to help other hard working horses as tribute to this local champion.
Coming Next Week
The Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held Nov. 2-3 at Santa Anita Park. Several horses who competed in the Breeders' Cup now reside at Old Friends. Learn more about these past champions, and meet some runners related to the organization who will compete in this year's edition of the championship event.
The always amazing Fred Stone....
Order Fred Stone's new release of Zenyatta and her foal directly from Old Friends! Fred is very kindly donating proceeds for each print we sell. $60.00 plus shipping. Call us at 502-863-1775 to order yours! Please click this link to see this print in a giclee and other items Fred is helping us out with. Thank you Fred Stone! (and Zenyatta and baby!)
Old Friends Scene Collectible Magazine
An amazing tribute to our retirees! Featuring Barbara D. Livingston's evocative photographs, supplemented by works by Matt Wooley and Rick Capone. 80 color pages, lifetime pps, Jay Hovdey's column, and the dedication of the entire Daily Racing Form staff make this magazine very, very special. Thanks DRF and special thanks to Barbara Livingston, Mandy Minger, Barbara Fossum and all the wonderful people who made this happen.