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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.

Select your payment preference:

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.

Next membership Meeting: September 9th

Bryan Fraley, DVM & Cage Cruise, DVM

September 9th, 2015 at
Copper Roux

(861 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40502)
A link to driving directions will be on RSVP confirmation Email


Dr. Bryan Fraley has been proudly affiliated with the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute since 2009.  Bryan was born in Central Kentucky but was raised on a commercial cattle ranch in Western Colorado.  He started shoeing his own ranch horses at the age of 15 which quickly morphed into a fulltime shoeing business.  He received his DVM from Colorado State University in 2004.  Following an internship and employment at a large referral Equine hospital, he established Fraley Equine Podiatry.  He and his team have been providing quality podiatry care nationally and internationally since 2009.  Fraley Equine Podiatry has grown from just Bryan and his bookkeeper/mother to 11 talented and dedicated employees in only 5 years.  Bryan especially enjoys treating Thoroughbred broodmares with foot problems as they often become long term patients.  He gets a great deal of satisfaction seeing their new foals go on to become successful racehorses.  Bryan is actively involved in the racing industry and can be found most Saturday mornings watching one of his horses work at the training center.  In late August he and his wife Peden had their first child Adeline.  Lately he is enjoying traveling less and spending time with Peden and Addie.

Cage CruiseDr. Cruise was born and raised in southern Mississippi, and later went on to attend both undergraduate and veterinary school at Mississippi State University.  He also attended Oklahoma Horseshoeing School after his freshman year at MSU. He went on to receive his Certified Farrier accreditation from the American Farrier’s Association during his senior year of veterinary school. After graduating in 2013 from MSU’s College of Veterinary Science he took an associate position with Southern Equine Associates in Pilot Point, TX. Dr. Cruise joined the team at Fraley Equine Podiatry in June, 2014. He has a special interest in sport horses, western performance horses and laminitis. He enjoys team roping and working his Catahoula dogs.


• RSVP’s must be in by 5 p.m. September6th, 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.


To register for this meeting select your payment preference:

2015 Sporting Clays Classic

AUGUST 26, 2015

BLUE GRASS SPORTSMEN’S LEAGUE is located on 1400-acres just a few miles south of Lexington. The venue includes a fully automated sporting clays course consisting of 16 stations with the level of difficulty indicated on each station, two skeet fields, and a covered 5-stand course overlaid on skeet field 2.

• Registration and lunch begin at 12:00 p.m.•
• There will be a single “shotgun start” at 1:00 p.m. for all teams •
• Prizes and awards immediately following the shoot •

Choose Form: *
Contact Name: *
Contact E-mail: *
Contact Phone: *
Gold Sponsors Only:
For Gold Sponsors Only:
Clinic Challenge: *
Team Name: *
Player A:
Player B:
Player C:
Grand Total:
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Count Down to Launch of Members Area

The launch of our website’s Members Area is fast approaching!


Our Members will have access to:
– An online searchable Membership Directory
– A forum
– Ability to add events to our calendar
-Ability to post classified ads
& more!!!

Make sure you have a unique email address on file with the club or you will not have access to the Members Area!!!