Old Friends - Thoroughbred Retirement
Press Release

Media Contact: Cynthia Grisolia, (347) 423-7322, cindy@oldfriendsequine.org;

Michael Blowen, (502) 863-1775, michael@@oldfriendsequine.org;

or Corey Johnsen, (469) 964-0778, CoreyJohnsen@kentuckydowns.com


Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm and

Kentucky Downs Announce Partnership for 2015



Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, and Kentucky Downs in Franklin, KY, today announced a partnership  that will create an Old Friends satellite facility at the historic racecourse.


The horse exhibit, "Old Friends at Kentucky Downs," is expected to launch in May 2015 and will be open to the public for the summer season. It will showcase 10 retired racehorses-including athletes with a history of running at Kentucky Downs-via public tours coordinated by the Simpson County Tourism Commission. In addition, an adjoining Visitor's Center and an Old Friends gift shop will be housed in a newly renovated structure on the Downs stable area.


The joint venture is expected to help raise awareness of retired racehorses and the need for Thoroughbred aftercare, to increase tourism and to promote local attractions in Simpson County.


Old Friends farm in Georgetown conducts tours daily and attracts nearly 20,000 visitors throughout the year. The farm is home to over 100 of the organizations 150 retirees, and star attractions include Silver Charm, Hall of Fame Champion and winner of the 1997 Kentucky Derby, Game on Dude, three-time winner of the Santa Anita Handicap, Breeders' Cup Champions Gulch and Amazombie and Sarava, winner of the 2002 Belmont Stakes.


"This is going to be great for these retired athletes," said Old Friends Founder and President Michael Blowen. "This exhibit will offer the fans a way to maintain emotional ties to the horses and it will also offer a way to celebrate the history of horse racing in their community."


"It's an honor to work with Michael Blowen and Old Friends," said Kentucky Downs President Corey Johnsen. "Michael's unbridled enthusiasm for this important cause is contagious, and he has set the tone for responsible racehorse retirement. 


"The situation at Kentucky Downs is a 'win-win' situation," Johnsen continued. "We can provide a good home for these wonderful athletes while Old Friends provides the expertise.  Ultimately, Kentucky Downs and Simpson County get a great tourist attraction that highlights the state's signature horse industry."


About Kentucky Downs

Kentucky Downs is located in the historical 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 390 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.






Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for 150 retired racehorses. It's Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has a satellite facility in Greenfield Center, N.Y., Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.