Famous horses and horsemen salute OTTBs

In memory of Breeders' Cup winner Gulch, and others, Old Friends hosts a Breeders' Cup party.

In tribute to Breeders’ Cup winner Gulch, and others, Old Friends hosts a Breeders’ Cup party.

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.

American Pharoah wore this halter! And now it is being auctioned by the TRF to help Thoroughbreds.

American Pharoah wore this halter! And now it is being auctioned by the TRF to help Thoroughbreds.

Baffert donates American Pharoah halter to TRF
Triple Crown winning trainer Bob Baffert has donated a leather halter worn by the great American Pharoah to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

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: suefinley@thetdn.com, or phone: 732-614-3124.

Barbaro’s trainer on hand for OTTB event

Michael Matz, legendary trainer of Barbaro, and a member of the USA Show Jumping Hall of Fame, comes to Saratoga to help OTTBs.

Michael Matz, legendary trainer of Barbaro, and a member of the USA Show Jumping Hall of Fame, comes to Saratoga to help OTTBs. An EquiSport photo

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.

5 responses to “Famous horses and horsemen salute OTTBs”

  1. colmel

    Gulch is very much alive!

  2. Angela

    Always great to see the big names come out in support!
    It’s too bad they can’t find a way to stream it and then charge for the individual streaming event for those of us that can’t make it. I’d LOVE to watch, but my own OTTB eats all my spare money in vet and specialty shoeing jobs.

  3. Leslie M. Bliman-Kuretzky

    Gulch isnt dead :/

    1. gonzalez

      I read the article 3 time. No body say Gulch is dead.

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