Legends of the turf continue to gather at Old Friends for retired racehorses. Kentucky Derby-Preakness 1997 hero Silver Charm is the latest edition to the family.
Welcome home, Silver Charm! He went 12-for-24 and earned more than $6 million before retiring at age 5. In 2000, he stood at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky and spent the rest of his stud career in Japan (2005-14).
A deal was stuck with Japan, the Lewis family, and Three Chimneys, and he arrived at his new home at Old Friends on December 1, 2014.
Before he entered quarantine, they threw a little soiree on Tuesday. Old Friends founder Michael Blowen could hardly contain his enthusiasm as he spoke to members of the racing press.
Recent Southern California retiree Game On Dude, also a $6 million dollar man, is living the good life in Georgetown, KY as well. The gentle gelding walked right up to the onlookers and seemed to relish the multiple head pats.
After Silver Charm’s moment in the mist, we asked Mr. Blowen if he would point the way to Star Plus. The last time we visited the farm, we decided to sponsor the 11-year-old gelding from Argentina. It was #GivingTuesday, after all! Mr. Blowen loaded us on his golf cart and away we went.
Star Plus was more interested in his horse cronies but we still managed to snap a few nice shots.
Visiting Old Friends is a walk down thoroughbred memory lane and we are already planning our next mini road trip to Georgetown!