(Old Friends Press Release)
GEORGETOWN, KY — APRIL 24, 2017 — Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, will host its Annual “Homecoming” sponsored by Red Brand, Daily Racing Form, and NTRA Advantage, on Sunday May 7th, 2017 from 1 pm to 5 pm.
The event is an open house and fundraiser and 2017 marks its 13th year.
Tickets are $25 for the general public and $15 for Old Friends members (children 12 and under are free). Reservations can be made online by CLICKING HERE or by visiting the Old Friends website at www.oldfriendsequine.org. You can also call (502) 863-1775 to reserve.
The day will include a barbecue buffet by Proud Mary, farm tours, live music by Shades of Grass, as well as live and silent auctions of racing memorabilia, photography, artwork, jewelry, books, and collectible stallion halters, including American Pharoah, California Chrome, Curlin, and Littleprincessemma.
The event will be highlighted by a special book signing with Eclipse Award-winning photographer Barbara Livingston, who will be on hand to autograph copies of her book Old and New Friends (published by Daily Racing Form, $39.95) and a live painting exhibition by renowned Thoroughbred artist Robert Clark. Clark will create an image of the newly crowned Kentucky Derby champion and the canvas will be auctioned at end of day.
Old Friends is home to two Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners: War Emblem (2002) and Silver Charm (1997), both of whom were returned to the United States from stud duty in Japan.
Other new retirees include Touch Gold, who thwarted Silver Charm’s run for the Triple Crown by winning the 1997 Belmont Stakes, Alphabet Soup, who famously beat Cigar in the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Classic, graded-stakes champ Sun King, and Hollywood Gold Cup winner Awesome Gem.
Also on hand this year will be the hot pink Spotz Gelato truck familiar to many Lexingtonians. The dessert vendors will be selling their tasty homemade, small-batch gelato.
Special Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors
A division of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, NTRA Advantage is a corporate partner sales and sponsorship program offering members significant savings on nationally known products used for farms, businesses, or personal use.
Red Brand is the premium line of agricultural fencing products and reigns as the most recognized brand of farm fence in the United States. Since 1889 Red Brand has been standing guard with top quality, American-made fence products for a wide variety of applications.
Founded in 1894, the Daily Racing Form (DRF) is one of the leading Thoroughbred racing publications in the country, publishing past performances of race horses as a statistical service for bettors, as well as breaking news and analytical columns.
Special thanks also to Tribute Equine Nutrition and their Partners Program, which also contributed to this event.
For additional information about Old Friends Annual Homecoming, reservations, or tickets please call the farm at (502) 863-1775.