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Breeders’ Cup Champion Alphabet Soup to Old Friends

Alphabet Soup (Photo by Barbara Fossum)

GEORGETOWN, KY – OCTOBER 26, 2015 – Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY, is happy to announce that Breeders’ Cup Champion Alphabet Soup has been pensioned at the farm.

The gray son of Cozzene out of the Arts and Letters mare Illiterate, Alphabet Soup was a late bloomer for owner Georgia B Ridder, winning his first stakes at age 4 when he captured the 1995 Grade 3 Native Diver and the Grade 2 Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Handicap.

In 1996 he was the victor in the San Antonia Handicap (GR2), the Pat O’Brian Handicap (GR3) and the San Pasqual Handicap (GR2) en route to his greatest triumph, the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Classic (GR1), where he defeated the “invincible” Cigar as well as that year’s Preakness Stakes winner Louis Quatorze-all while setting a new track record at Woodbine.

Retired in 1998 to Adena Springs having captured 10 of 24 starts and earnings of over $2.9 million, Alphabet Soup has since sired 48 stakes winners, among them Grade 1 winners Egg Drop and Alphabet Kisses, champions Our New Recruit, Phantom Light and Sovereign Award winner Alpha Bettor.

“He arrived safely today and looks terrific,” said Old Friends President and founder Michael Blowen. “We are so grateful to Frank Stronach and everyone at Adena Springs for entrusting us with this fabulous champion,” he added. “We’re really looking forward to meeting his fans.”

For additional information about Alphabet Soup or any of the retirees at Old Friends, please call the farm at (502) 863-1775.

Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for more than 110 retired racehorses. Its Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has a satellite facility in Greenfield Center, New York, Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division, which is also open to visitors. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Cynthia Grisolia, (347) 423-7322, cindy@oldfriendsequine.org; Michael Blowen, (502) 863-1775, michael@oldfriendsequine.org

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