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Memorial Day / Outdoor Giveaway / Family Fun Weekend / $50K Hastings Stakes
May 28, 2018
Spend the day at the track on a Monday. It’s Memorial Day! First race at 2 PM.
We’ll have the Great Outdoor Drawings throughout the races.
The $50,000 Hastings Stakes will be held for the 23rd time today. $250 per starter will be donated to the Old Friends.
In a little more than a decade Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY, has put a new face on the concept of equine aftercare. Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, the organization has grown from a leased paddock and one horse to a 236-acre farm and a herd of over 200 rescued and retired horses, including 21 pensioned stallions.
Blowen had long believed that horses past their prime could still be valuable – money-earning, even—if the venue was right. And so Old Friends tested the concept by opening its doors to the public, inviting fans to come and revisit their turf heroes. And come they did. These days the farm attracts over 20,000 visitors annually who come to swoon over such champions as Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup, Belmont Stakes winners Touch Gold and Sarava, three-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude, Emerald Downs Longacres Mile star Awesome Gem, and Kentucky Derby and Preakness champions Silver Charm and War Emblem, who are two of the eight stallions Old Friends has re-patriated from stud duty overseas. And while such rock stars draw crowds, the revenue they raise supports hard-knockers like Easy Grades, a one-time Kentucky Derby contender who ended up struggling in 5K claimers at the age of nine. Or Mikethespike, a River Downs-Beulah Park warrior with 125 starts on his resume.
In 2014 Old Friends was rewarded with a Special Eclipse Award honoring Extraordinary Service in the sport of Thoroughbred racing. But perhaps the greatest reward of all has been respect and support of the owners, trainers, and fans who not only donate to the cause of protecting these amazing athletes but come out to the farm often to pay homage to our champs. Our guests may come to visit a few ex-racehorses, but they leave having been touched by the heart of a Thoroughbred hero.
To donate or learn more about Old Friends visit OldFriendsEquine.org
Gates open 30 minutes before the first simulcast race. Please review our calendar for exact opening times.
Open daily 12 PM (Noon) – 2 AM
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