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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Today (Nov. 1, 2012) marks the eighth anniversary of the arrival of Creator and Sunshine Forever at Old Friends. Their pioneering journey from Japan ushered in an era of great cooperation between the Japanese breeders and Old Friends that has led to the repatriation of five stallions. We continue to work diligently with all international farms to assure that these amazing stallions will enjoy their post-breeding years.
If you're planning a Breeders Cup party consider donating a portion of the proceeds in the name of one of our Breeders' Cup entrants. Perhaps, if some savvy handicapper cashes a big ticket, they'll think about donating a tax-deductible amount to Old Friends while designating an Old Friends retiree as the recipient. We're doing what we can to raise as much as we can so the late fall and winter will be good for all the horses. Thank you so much for all your support. And good luck to all the racehorses at all the tracks. We wish them all safe trips.
Gulch providing handicapping tips to Michael. Photo @ Rick CaponeLane's End Farm
has kindly invited me to attend their Fan Appreciation Day on Nov. 4th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. I'll 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.
She's done it again...
Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby
For the fourth consecutive year, milliner Sally Faith Steinmann of MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® has created this stunning one-of-a-kind couture Derby hat to honor Old Friends retiree, Rapid Redux, who holds the modern North American record of 22 consecutive wins by a Thoroughbred. Click here for more info about the hat. Hat auction begins 8PM on November 1st on the Old Friends eBay Store.
See the front page of our website: www.oldfriendsequine.org
for two new feature sections. These are some of the behind-the-scenes folks who keep Old Friends moving forward. Starting off the Featured Volunteer section is long time volunteer Cindy Grisolia. Cindy is invaluable to us writing press releases, coordinating events and helps to keep ME sane. The first featured Artist is our very good friend Dagmar Galliethner with her print of "Frankel - A Fine English Gentleman". A portion of the sales of her print benefits Old Friends.
Our 2013 calendars are in! $28.00 includes shipping. Call us at 502 863 1775 to order or go to our eBay Store at: http://stores.ebay.com/Old-Friends-Farm-Gift-Shop
Old Friends at the Breeders' Cup
Since 1984, the Breeders' Cup World Championships have been contested as Thoroughbred racing's season-ending championship event. A number of current and past residents of the Kentucky retirement facility have competed at the event. In all, Old Friends residents have made 39 starts in Breeders' Cup races, with four wins, two runner-up efforts and three third-place finishes.
It's difficult for a horse to even make it to the Breeders' Cup in any given year - yet alone to compete in the event multiple years. Yet several Old Friends residents made multiple Breeders' Cup appearances. Leading the way are the late Precisionist and current resident Affirmed Success, with four appearances each, tied for the second-most all time (Better Talk Now, Kona Gold and Perfect Drift share the Breeders' Cup record with five appearances each). Gulch and Marquetry, along with late Old Friends residents Black Tie Affair, Fraise and Awad, all competed in the event three times.
The great Precisionist was a model of versatility, running remarkably well at both sprint and classic distances during his career. After finishing seventh behind Wild Again in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Classic at Hollywood Park, Precisionist cut back in distance to win the 1985 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Aqueduct, edging Smile by three-quarters of a length. Remarkably, he entered that race off a layoff of over four months.
Precisionist proved his versatility by finishing a creditable third in the 1986 Classic at Santa Anita Park, then rounded out his Breeders' Cup participation with a fifth-place finish, behind Gulch, in the 1988 Sprint at Churchill Downs.
Affirmed Success, a hard-knocking gelding who earned over $2.2 million on the track, competed in the Breeders' Cup Sprint in 1998 and 1999, then switched to turf to compete in the Mile the following two years. His best finish was a fourth in the 2000 Mile at Churchill Downs.
Gulch, Black Tie Affair and Fraise all highlighted their three Breeders' Cup appearances with victories.
Gulch competed in three different Breeders' Cup races over the course of his career. The son of Mr. Prospector finished fifth in the 1986 Juvenile at Santa Anita, then was ninth in the 1987 Classic at Hollywood Park. He concluded his career with a victory in the 1988 Sprint at Churchill Downs, which secured him the Eclipse Award as champion sprinter.
Black Tie Affair was another versatile campaigner who competed well in races of varying distance at the Breeders' Cup. The big gray finished ninth in the 1989 Breeders' Cup Sprint, then was third in that event, behind champions Safely Kept and Dayjur, the following year. He scored his biggest career victory when stretched out in distance, however, dominating the field to win the 1991 Classic at Churchill Downs. For his campaign, he earned awards as Horse of the Year and champion older male.
The brilliant turf campaigner Fraise won the Breeders' Cup Turf in 1992 at Gulfstream Park. He returned to compete in the event the next two years, finishing fourth and 11th, respectively.
Marquetry proved his durability by reaching the starting gate for the Breeders' Cup Classic in three consecutive years, finishing seventh in 1991 behind Black Tie Affair; 11th in 1992; and fourth in 1993.
The late Awad competed in the Breeders' Cup Turf three straight years, from 1995-97, with his best finish a sixth-place effort in 1995.
Also among the Old Friends' roster of Breeders' Cup winners is Prized, who outdueled Sierra Roberta by a head to win the 1989 Turf at Gulfstream Park.
Sunshine Forever finished second, beaten just half a length to Great Communicator, in the 1988 Turf; he returned to compete in the event the following year, when he finished unplaced behind Prized.
Bluesthestandard finished second in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint, while the late Estrapade was third in the 1986 Breeders' Cup Turf.
Other Old Friends residents or late residents to compete in the Breeders' Cup include Special Ring (2003 and 2004 Mile), Taylor's Special (1986 and 1987 Sprint), Commentator (2007 Sprint), Fabulous Strike (2008 Sprint), Hidden Lake (1997 Distaff), Tinner's Way (1995 Classic) and You and I (1995 Sprint). Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division in Greenfield Center, N.Y. is home to two Breeders' Cup Classic participants - Thunder Rumble (1992) and Will's Way (1996).
Old Friends connections
at the 2012 Breeders' Cup
Seven runners competing in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships, set to be contested Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park, are closely related to Old Friends residents. That roster includes two entrants in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, North America's richest race.
Gulch and Ogygian, along with the late Fortunate Prospect, were all prominent sires whose impact on the breed continues to be felt at the highest levels of Thoroughbred racing.
Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (Nov. 2)
Star Billing (Dynaformer x Topliner, by Thunder Gulch)
Broodmare sire Thunder Gulch, a champion who won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, is a son of Old Friends resident Gulch.
Lady of Shamrock (Scat Daddy x Blushing Issue, by Blushing John)Lady of Shamrock is from the first crop of Scat Daddy, a son of Johannesburg. That European and North American champion is out of Myth, a daughter of Ogygian.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (Nov. 3)
Capo Bastone (Street Boss x Fight to Love, by Fit to Fight)
Capo Bastone is from the first crop of Street Boss, whose dam, Blushing Ogygian, is a daughter of Ogygian.
Breeders' Cup Sprint (Nov. 3)
Trinniberg (Teuflesberg x Bella Dorato, by Goldminers Gold)
Trinniberg's sire, Teuflesberg, is a son of Johannesburg. That European and North American champion is out of the Ogygian mare Myth.
Coil (Point Given x Eversmile)
Coil's sire, champion and Hall of Fame member Point Given, is by Thunder Gulch, a son of Gulch.
Breeders' Cup Classic (Nov. 3)
Ron the Greek (Full Mandate x Flambe, by Fortunate Prospect)
Ron the Greek's dam, Flambe, is a daughter of the late Old Friends resident Fortunate Prospect. Ron the Greek already owns victories in this year's Santa Anita Handicap - contested at the same distance and on the same surface as the Classic - and the Stephen Foster Handicap. A win in the Classic could secure Horse of the Year honors.
Handsome Mike (Scat Daddy x Classic Strike, by Smart Strike)
Handsome Mike is from the first crop of Scat Daddy, a son of Johannesburg. That European and North American champion is out of the Ogygian mare Myth.
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.
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.