Posts Tagged ‘Old Friends’

Charming Dudes: Silver Charm & Game On Dude at Old Friends (Video)

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.

Silver Charm

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.

Game On DudeAfter 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

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!

Jockey Meet & Greet at Old Friends

Monday was Jockey Meet & Greet Day at Old Friends and we got a chance to spend some time with Jean Cruguet and Rosie Napravnik.

Jean Cruguet won more than 2,400 races in a lengthy career that ended in 1996. He is probably best known for winning the Triple Crown aboard Seattle Slew.

Rosie and Stacy at Old Friends

Rosie and Stacy at Old Friends

Rising star Rosie Napravnik, reigning queen of Fair Grounds, recently topped the 1,500 win mark. She made history aboard Shanghai Bobby in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, but that one is off the Derby trail following an unplaced effort in the Florida Derby on March 30. She said that she hopes to pick up a Derby mount within the next two weeks…stay tuned!

Rosie was very accommodating to all of the fans on Monday, posing for pictures, answering questions, and signing autographs. She gets back to work at Keeneland on Wednesday.

It was fun strolling through Old Friends and visiting with many of my past equine buddies including Bull Inthe Heather, Clever Allemont, Danthebluegrassman, and Ogygian.

Bull Inthe Heather is still full of energy and personality at age 23. The son of Ferdinand won the G1 Florida Derby in 1993 and finished 11th in the Kentucky Derby later that year. He was determined to get his carrots earlier today as the video below clearly illustrates.

Ogygian may have lost a step or two but the one-eyed wonder is loving retired life at the ripe old age of 30. He won 7 of 10 lifetime starts between 1985-87 and was one of my early favorites as a young racing fan back in the day.

Ogygian chillin' out at Old Friends

Ogygian chillin’ out at Old Friends

Old Friends is an important organization and we should all considering contributing to the well-being of these special animals when their careers on the racetrack come to an end. To learn more about Old Friends and to find out how you can help, visit their website at http://www.oldfriendsequine.org/

After the Old Friends event, we traveled to Kentucky Horse Park and spent the rest of the day reminiscing about equine legends John Henry, Man O’War, and Secretariat.

This is just the beginning of our Blue Grass Stakes week coverage. The Blue Grass draw will be held at Keeneland on Wednesday and we will be there all day snapping pictures and shooting videos. We hope to add some special guests to the mix and will post a Blue Grass handicapping preview later this week as well.

For more on our day at Old Friends and Kentucky Horse Park, please visit Stacy’s Kentucky horse racing photos page.