Breeders’ Cup party at Old Friends
Georgetown, Ky. (Press Release)— Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Ky., will host a special Breeders’ Cup Celebration on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 from noon to 3 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for the general public, $15 for shareholders and Old Friends members and can be reserved now by contacting the farm at (502) 863-1775.
The day will include a BBQ buffet by Furlong’s Catering, farm tours, live music and both live and silent auctions of racing memorabilia, collectible stallion halters, photography and other artwork—much of which will celebrate winners of past Breeders’ Cup races.
Over the years, Old Friends has retired more than 25 Breeders’ Cup winners or contenders, among them: Gulch, winner of the 1988 BC Sprint; Prized, winner of the 1989 BC Turf; Black Tie Affair, winner of the 1991 BC Classic.
The beautifully oiled leather tack, complete with silver nameplate, was worn by the Triple Crown winner, according to a letter of authenticity signed by Baffert.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will auction the halter during a fundraiser in Saratoga Springs Aug. 9. The items will on display at the Canfield Casino during a gala fundraiser hosted by famous chef and television personality Anne Burrell.
Private bids will be accepted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone: 732-614-3124.
Barbaro’s trainer on hand for OTTB event
Michael Matz, trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, and a member of the United States Show Jumping Hall of fame, teams up with OTTB advocates and celebrity riders in Saratoga Springs Aug. 4 for the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) Thoroughbreds for All Saratoga event.
Matz will join retired jockey Rosie Napravnik, top owner Maggi Moss, top Eventers Laine Ashker, Jennie Brannigan, and dressage trainer Nuno Santos in an event to help celebrate and demonstrate the inherent value of OTTBs in post-racing careers.
The event takes place at Traylor Stables and The Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and includes demonstrations of top-performing OTTBs, panel discussions, and more. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.retiredracehorseproject.org.