Old Friends - Thoroughbred Retirement
Press Release
MEDIA CONTACTS: Cynthia Grisolia, (347) 423-7322, cindy@oldfriendsequine.org; Sylvia Stiller, (502) 863-1775, sylvia@oldfriendsequine.org 

Old Friends Launches Special Ebay "Halter-Palooza" Auction

  On Monday September 28, Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY, will launch a special online fundraiser "The Halter-Palooza".
The sale will offer an elite selection of collectible stallion and broodmare halters, many from champions that have passed away.  It will also feature halters from champions now retired at Old Friends. 
The collection will hit the Ebay auction block on Monday September 28 at approximately 8:00 PM (EST) and will last seven days, until Monday October 5 at 8pm. Listings will be staggered throughout the evening,

Being offered in this sale are halters once worn by:
  • Silver Charm - The 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness champ is now an Old Friends retiree.
  • Sgt Bert - Old Friends retiree set the record for 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Keeneland in the 2006 Woodford Stakes.  
  • Take Charge Lady - One of the leading fillies of her generation, TCL won 11 of her 22 races and earned over $2.4 million. Dam of Grade 1 winners Take Charge Indy, Take Charge Brandi and 3-year-old Champion Will Take Charge.
  • Horse Greeley - Winner of the 2006 Del Mar Futurity and son of Mr Greeley.
Deceased Stallions
  • Purim (2002 - 2012) - Winner of the Arlington Classic, Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap and the Shadwell Turf Mile.
  • Precisionist (1981- 2006) - A rare collectible. A 17-time stakes winner, Eclipse and Breeders' Cup Champion and Hall of Fame member, Precisionist--the horse who looked fast standing still-- passed away in 2006 at Old Friends.
  • Taylors Special (1981 - 2006) - 21 wins from 41 starts over five years with 13 stakes wins at nine different tracks under the astute handling of trainer Bill Mott. Taylors Special still holds the records for 6 furlongs at Arlington Park. The Old Friends retiree passed away in 2006.
  • Marquetry (1987- 2013) - The son of 1982 Horse of the Year Conquistador Cielo, Marquetry was a grade 1 winner on both turf and dirt. He sired Breeders' Cup winners and Eclipse sprint champions Artax  (1999) and Squirtle Squirt (2001).
  • Flying Pidgeon (1981- 2008) - Millionaire and Grade 1 winner.
  • Artax (1995-2012) - Eclipse Champion and winner of the Breeders' Cup Sprint, Carter Handicap, Vosburgh Stakes.

Deceased Broodmares

  • Bonnie's Poker (1982 -2010) - One of the first Old Friends retirees and dam of Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm.
All proceeds from the "Halter-Palooza" auction will go to Old Friends, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization that cares for more than 150 retired racehorses.
For more information call Old Friends at (502) 863-1775.  


Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for more than 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.