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Old Friends provides a dignified retirement to Thoroughbreds whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end. By promoting these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism, we hope to raise awareness of all equines in need.
Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, Old Friends now cares for more than 160 horses across three states whose racing and breeding careers came to an end. A "living history museum of horse racing", the farm attracts nearly 20,000 tourists annually that get up close and personal with such stars of the turf as Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners Silver Charm and War Emblem, Belmont winner Sarava, three-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude, Seabiscuit movie star Popcorn Deelites, Breeders’ Cup Champion Amazombie, and Hollywood Gold Cup winner Rail Trip.
But every horse at Old Friends has a story to tell, and visitors to the farms can hear them all. The farm is open to the public daily for guided walking tours. Our guests come to visit a few ex-racehorses, but they often leave having been touched by the heart of a Thoroughbred hero.