Last chance for new memberships and updates to make it into the 2016 KTFMC Directory!

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If you have been thinking about becoming a KTFMC Member, this is your last chance to make the 2016 KTFMC Directory.

New Membership  Applications and current member updates that are submitted through 11/20/15 will have their membership listed in next year’s directory.

Don’t forget to submit changes in email address, phone numbers, job changes, physical address or any other contact information.

We need all farm updates as well!!!

To become a member:

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To update a farm listing:

KTFMC Leadership Seminar Dec. 7th & 8th

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to improve motivation & cooperation on your farm while also eliminating problems before they occur by teaching leadership skills as well as conflict resolution!

This seminar is now open to unlimited registration per farm until we are full.

To register go to:

See below for the seminars 2-day Schedule:

Thoroughbred Horse Farm Managers Leadership Training
December 7-8, 2015
Keeneland Pavilion

Monday, December 7, 2015

8:00 – 9:00                          SIGN IN – coffee and pastries provided

9:00 – 9:15                          Introductions, objectives, vision

9:15 – 10:15                       What do you mean, people are different Exploring why managing people is so hard, discussing what motivates and what discourages employees

10:15 – 10:30                     BREAK

10:30 – 12:00                     True Colors Understanding that we are all different and so are the people we lead using a well-known personality assessment

12:00 – 1:00                       LUNCH

1:00 – 3:00                          Finding, training, and keeping the right people Attracting, screening, interviewing, hiring, training, and retaining quality employees is the key to a successful operation

3:00 – 3:15                          BREAK

3:15 – 4:00                          Horror stories and lessons learned – Manager panel

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

9:00 – 9:30                          What did we learn yesterdayFive takeaways from yesterday

9:30 – 10:15                       Conflict, communications, and old coots Recognizing that conflict will occur, communication is critical, and that there are generational differences among employees and managers

10:15 – 10:45                     BREAK

10:45 – 12:00                    Motivation and performance management Understanding what motivates employees (and what doesn’t), and how to improve performance with regular assessment

12:00 – 1:00                       LUNCH

1:00 – 2:30                         Off the farm – industry issues and advocacy Management and leadership is not always on the farm, it’s also about being engaged in the community and the industry

2:30 – 2:45                          BREAK

2:45 – 4:00                         Summarize, synthesize, and apply three things you’ve learned and two things you’ll change – assignment, discussion, Q&A

Old Friends Receives Special Halter Donation for Breeders’ Cup Auction.

Proxy Bids on Elite Collectible Halters Now Being Accepted.

 Michael Blowen with Mandy Pope
Old Friends’s Michael Blowen with owner/breeder Mandy Pope
(Photo by Rick Capone)

GEORGETOWN, KY – OCTOBER 29, 2015 – Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, received a very special donation this past weekend.

Owner-breeder Mandy Pope, whose Whisper Hill Farm is located in Citra, FL., presented Old Friends’s founder and President Michael Blowen with halters worn by her most famous broodmares, 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace and 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty, along with halters from the mares’ respective 2015 foals, both by War Front.

“I like to help all of our Old Friends,”  said Pope. “I hope these halters will help–I hope they will help a whole lot.”

Pope donated the halters to the auction that will be held at Old Friends’ Breeders’ Cup Celebration Sponsored by Red Brand Fence on Sunday November 1st. at Noon.

The halters will be auctioned during the event’s Live Auction of elite racing memorabilia. But email proxy bids are now being accepted for these and six additional collectible halters. The halters available for proxy bid are:

  • CURLIN, Two time horse of the year and 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic Winner
  • INVASOR, Horse of the Year and 2006 Breeders’ Cup Classic Winner
  • LITTLEPRINCESSEMMA, Dam of Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah, being offered with a halter from her foal, Irish Pharoah
  • MUCHO MACHO MAN, Winner of the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic
  • SERENA’S SONG Hall of Fame Champion mare
  • HAVRE DE GRACE 2011 Horse of the Year. This offered with a halter from her 2015 War Front colt
  • PLUM PRETTY Winner of the 2011 Kentucky Oaks. This offered with a halter from her 2015 War Front colt
  • MIDNIGHT LUTE Two-time Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion (2007, 2008)

Bids will be accepted via email. Interested bidders can email with their best offer beginning today. Please be specific about the item you are bidding on and your top offer. 


Tickets to the event are still available and reservations can be made by calling the farm at (502) 863-1775 or by visiting the website at

For more information contact Old Friends at (502) 863-1775

Film “One Day” shown at the Cheapside Pavillion during Breeders’Cup

“One Day” film to be presented by Breeders’ Cup Festival at Cheapside Pavilion, Lexington, KY

BC festivalNew York, N.Y., October 21, 2015 – Palomino Entertainment Group is pleased to announce that their film, “One Day”, will be shown during the Breeders’ Cup Festival at the Cheapside Pavilion, located at 131 Cheapside Street in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. The schedule of public screenings are as follows: Sunday, 10/25 thru Wednesday, 10/28 at 11am and Saturday 10/24 thru Saturday 10/31 at 11:30pm. “One Day” features interviews with Eclipse Award-winning photographer, Barbara Livingston, Hall of Fame Jockey, Jorge Velasquez, and award-winning journalist, Steve Haskin. The film is narrated by Emmy nominee, Josh Charles, (“The Good Wife”, “Sports Night”, “Dead Poets Society”).  Exec. Producer and editor of  “One Day”, TanNa Young, is also Coordinating Producer of the CBS hit series, “The Good Wife”.


This is the true story of famed thoroughbred, Our Mims, the 1977 Eclipse Award Champion 3-year-old Filly.  A teenage Jeanne Mirabito falls in love with Our Mims when she sees her race on TV. Jeanne makes a “cosmic claim” on her and vows “one day” she will own her.  21 years later, fate brings them together.  They form a bond and through that relationship, Our Mims Retirement Haven (OMRH) is formed where broodmares are given a forever home. OMRH is located in Paris KY.


“One Day” is directed by Victoria Racimo, founder of Palomino Entertainment Group.  Victoria has an extensive career as actress, writer, and director. She produced the film “Casi Casi” and sold it to HBO, was co-author with Alicia Keys on the recently released book “Blue Moon”, and staged two theatre scenes for Steven Spielberg in his film “Lincoln”. She starred opposite Charlton Heston in “The Mountain Men” and in Disney’s “Ernest Goes To Camp”, among many other credits.


Palomino Entertainment Group is a multi-faceted film, television and theatrical production company. PEG produced the film as a gift to OMRH to raise awareness and support for the horses at the Haven. “One Day” will also be used as an educational tool about issues surrounding horses that no longer earn money on the track or in the breeding shed.


Palomino extends its sincere thanks to the Breeders’ Cup Festival Week organization for their support and enthusiasm in presenting this new film as part of its main events leading up to the world-class Breeders’ Cup in Lexington, KY.


Media Contact: Kimberly Norris, Assoc. Producer, “One Day” Events – 828-423-1317




2015 Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year

Gary Bush named by The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club as The 2015 Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year

LEXINGTON, KY –The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club is pleased to announce the “Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year” for 2015.  Mr. Gary Bush, Manager at Denali Stud was chosen by a committee of peers represented by Ted Bates (for whom the award is named), the past and current Farm Managers of the Year, the current KTFMC President, and the past KTFMC President.

The criteria for selecting the “Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year” are Quality and Success of Management; Service to the Community; Involvement in the KTFMC; Industry Leadership and Dedication.  Gary Bush has had a 30 plus year career in Thoroughbred Farm management, working for Three Chimneys Farm, WinStar Farm and Denali Stud.

Gary Bush started his career at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway as a part time groom and night watch while he was attending Eastern Kentucky University and Lexington Community College (now Bluegrass Community & Technical College).  He credits meeting Dan Rosenberg (past Three Chimneys Farm Manager) as a key factor in his involvement in the industry.  Three Chimneys was in its infancy at that time with the main farm consisting of 100 acres and second farm of 200 acres that is now Woodford Thoroughbreds.  After several years at Three Chimneys, Bush was promoted to Assistant Broodmare Manager and then eventually to Broodmare Manager.  Three of Gary’s favorite horses while at Three Chimneys include the great Seattle Slew, Slew of Gold, and Gorgeous.  Three Chimneys’ Stallion Manager, Sandy Hatfield had this to say, “Gary was the main reason I came to Three Chimneys—He’s a great guy, excellent horseman and you couldn’t ask for a better person or mentor.”

After spending 20 years at Three Chimneys, Gary was offered the position of Farm Manager at the newly formed WinStar Farm owned by Kenny Trout and Bill Casner.  Here he had the opportunity to “hire whoever you needed to build the farm.”  While at WinStar Gary was able to work with Distorted Humor, Tiznow, One Cool Cat and Funny Cide.  One of his best memories was attending the Kentucky Derby in 2003 which was won by  Funny Cide.

After 25 years in the industry Gary left WinStar to take a break, but soon realized that he missed farm life and started looking to get back in.  Luckily, he was offered his current position at Denali Stud where he has worked for the past ten years.  Two of his favorite horses at Denali Stud are the venerable Serena’s Song and Dubai World Cup and Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. Craig Bandoroff, Owner of Denali Stud, had this to say about Gary:  “For the past 10 years Gary has been an intrical part of where Denali Stud is today and we are grateful to have him as lead team member.” Additionally “I am glad to see Gary get this prestigious recognition that he so truly deserves from his peers.”

Gary is a homegrown local just like the horses he has raised over the past 30 years, he grew up in Midway, Kentucky and lived there his whole life until moving to Paris, Kentucky for the position at Denali Stud   He is married to Francis, and they have two sons, Jonathon and Adam. Gary’s interests outside of horseracing are family and golf.

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club will be hosting its annual Dinner Dance to honor Gary Bush, the 2015 “Ted Bates Farm Manager of the Year” at Oasis in Paris on December 4, 2015.  This year’s event will be black tie optional and be featuring the Motown beat of Soul Explosion and the Positive Movement Band.    There will be an Online and Silent Auction with proceeds going directly to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm.  Cocktails will start at 6pm, Dinner to follow at 7:30 and the band will play from 9pm till midnight.  Open bar will be provided by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.  KTFMC president Randy Gilbert on this year’s event, “Obviously we are delighted to have Gary Bush recognized for his countless years of service and that being said, this dinner dance black-tie extravaganza will be a return to the parties of old with memorable music and décor to celebrate “Old Friends”.”  Tickets can be purchased through the club website at  Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available, please contact Club President Randy Gilbert at or Dinner Dance Chairman Carl McEntee at

Next Membership Meeting

Trainers Panel:

Anthony Hamilton, Stephen Lyster
& Willby VanMeter

with moderator:
Mike Penna
October 13th, 2015 at
Copper Roux
(861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40502)
A link to driving directions will be on RSVP confirmation Email


• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. October 9th, 2015.
• No RSVP’s will be taken after the deadline.
• Walk-in seating very limited.
• Registration begins at 6:15 P.M. at Copper Roux (located at 861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504 – See map below and in confirmation Email)
• Dinner begins at 7:00 P.M.
• Cash, Check and Credit Card payments accepted at the door.
• Please list names of all attendees when making reservations.
Do NOT RSVP by  Email,  follow the appropriate link below to guarantee your RSVP will be received.

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Dr. Robert Agne

We are very saddened by the loss of Dr. Robert (Bob) Agne who died after an accident in Saratoga, NY.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they mourn his loss. We will post details about his visitation and funeral as we receive the information.

The following is more information about Dr. Agne from the Rood and Riddle Saratoga web site:
AgneRobertRobert Agne, DVM
Podiatry Veterinarian

Dr. Robert Agne grew up in St.Louis, MO and began riding hunter ponies at an early age. He continued riding through high school and began competing in dressage and combined training events. Upon graduating from high school he moved to Virginia to work in the hunter-jumper business. He also worked for a number of sport horse trainers on the East Coast and in 1991 started his own training business in Greensboro, North Carolina. As a trainer, he became interested in shoeing and foot problems as well as the veterinary/farrier relationship. In 1996, he began attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 1999 he was accepted into the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed the farrier program at Cornell University in Ithaca NY. After receiving his veterinary degree in 2003 he started a podiatry internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. Following completion of the internship in 2004 he stayed on as a veterinary podiatrist.