American Pharoah’s legacy helps OTTB charities

Triple Crown winning trainer Bob Baffert and son Bode share a moment with Silver Charm at Old Friends. Photo by Tim Wilson

Triple Crown winning trainer Bob Baffert and son Bode share a moment with Silver Charm at Old Friends. Photo by Tim Wilson

GEORGETOWN, Ky. —JUNE 8, 2015 – Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, Ky., will be the recipient of a $50,000 donation from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and his wife, Jill.

Baffert’s American Pharoah swept the coveted Triple Crown–the first in 37 years–when he won the Belmont Stakes on June 6.

Immediately following the horse’s victory the Bafferts pledged a $50,000 donation each to four charitable organizations: Old Friends, The Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund, The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and CARMAcares.

Old Friends is the retirement home of three of Baffert’s former trainees: Derby contender Danthebluegrassman, multiple grade 1 winning fan favorite Game On Dude and 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm.

Baffert visited Old Friends just prior to this year’s Kentucky Derby where he saw Silver Charm for the first time in more than a decade.

“I want to share this, I want to make sure that those horses that we really love–we have to take care of them,” Baffert said following American Pharoah’s Belmont victory. “Win, lose, or draw, I was going to do it.”

“We are so grateful to Bob and Jill for this wonderful gift,” said Michael Blowen, president and founder of Old Friends. “The thrill and excitement of the first Triple Crown in 37 years would have been enough, but their generosity is unsurpassed, as is their love and dedication to the horses.” Blowen added.

“Everyone at Old Friends wishes to congratulate Bob and Jill and American Pharoah’s owners the Zayat family on their historic victory, and for sharing their wonderful horse with all of his fans.”

9 responses to “American Pharoah’s legacy helps OTTB charities”

  1. Niles

    Thank you, Mr. Baffert. You are setting a wonderful example. And, congratulations to you and A.P.!

  2. Tracy Marshall

    What a wonderful gift. I wish the racing industry on a whole, would donate just a penny on the dollar, for every bet made, to aftercare for racehorses and Jockeys.

  3. Anne

    Thanks to the Baffert’s for their thoughtful gifts for the horses that have fulfilled their dreams as an owner and trainer. Just think what they are teaching their son, Bode and his older children, as well. Compassion comes to mind, which seems to be a dying breed. If each owner/ breeder did the same, think how many horses would get a chance at life after the track.

  4. Judith Ochs

    I can only echo that. Nicely done. Many individuals make their livelihood from and with horses. Animals do require those around them to take responsibility for their care and they do know and appreciate those who are good and kind to them. While Mr. Baffert may train horses – nice to see that perhaps he can enjoy them…

  5. Linda Rice

    This is a wonderful contribution to the comfort and retirement of these magnificent horses.. Thanks for keeping your promise… they need you…

  6. Angie

    I totally agree with Jon. The owners need to step up and make good!

  7. Michelle Y.

    Thank you Mr. Baffert. I hope others follow your gracious lead.

  8. Martha.

    Good for him! Now we need the owners and breeders to stand up and do what is right. And not just the owners and breeders of Thoroughbreds.

  9. Jon

    Nicely done Mr. Baffert. May many more follow in your foot steps and show compassion and a sense of responsibility for those who helped make them what they are today. Now time for the owners to step up and make good.

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