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Old Friends to Hold Memorial Day Service for Departed Champions

GEORGETOWN, KY – MAY 25, 2011 – On Memorial Day Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, KY, will have a commemorative service for the six retirees that passed away since last spring.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will begin at 2 p.m. on Monday May 30 at Old Friends’ Dream Chase Farm, 1841 Paynes Depot Road in Georgetown.  Refreshments will be served.

Honored will be:

–Academy Award (1986-2010), one of the few remaining sons of Secretariat, he was the sire of 10 stakes winners;
–The Wicked North (1989-2011), a California superstar, he was named Eclipse Champion Older Male in 1994;
–Polish Navy (1984-2011), a great son of Danzig and multiple GR1 winner;
–Bonnie’s Poker (1982-2010) one of Old Friends’ mares, she was the dam of 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Silver Charm;
–Glitterman, (1985-2011) a world-record-setting sprinter and sire of four millionaires, including Balto Star;
–Jade Hunter (1984-2011), a GR1 winner and sire of Horse of the Year, Azeri.

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Stakes Winner Afternoon Deelites Arrives at Old Friends

GEORGETOWN, KY — MAY 24, 2011 — On Sunday Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY, happily welcomed GR1-winner and top sire Afternoon Deelites.  The 19-year-old son of Private Terms will be permanently pensioned at the farm alongside one of his sons, 12-year-old Popcorn Deelites.

He was donated to the organization by Val Murrell’s Clear Creek Stud in Folsom, LA where he was retired from stallion duty earlier this year.

Bred and raced by Burt Bacharach’s Blue Seas Music, Afternoon Deelites hit the ground running as a 2-year-old, capturing his first three starts, including the GR1 Hollywood Futurity and the GR3 Hollywood Preview Breeders’ Cup Stakes. The following season the handsome bay won the GR2 San Felipe Stakes and the GR1 Malibu before coming second by a head in the Santa Anita Derby.

He capped off his four-year-old season with a win in the GR1 Metropolitan Handicap before being retired to Airdie Stud in Midway, KY with seven wins in 12 starts and earnings of $1,061,193.

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44th Annual High Hope Steeplechase Returns on Sunday, May 22

Lexington, KY, May 13, 2011 – After a one year hiatus to make room for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, High Hope Steeplechase Day – a Lexington area fan favorite for 44 years – returns to its home at the Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday, May 22, 2011.

High Hope Steeplechase is now Lexington horse lovers’ only chance to enjoy the beauty and excitement of live Steeplechase racing combined with lots of family fun and entertainment, all in a country fair setting.

As an added special feature on High Hope Day will be the third running of the “Catch a Riding Star” race featuring student-jockeys currently enrolled in the North American Racing Academy.

Launched in 2006 by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System under the guidance of Hall of Fame and two-time Kentucky Winning jockey Chris McCarron, NARA is now part of Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

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Racing Journal Goes Digital

The American Quarter Horse Journal, May 12, 2011 — Beginning in July, AQHA will begin publication of a brand-new digital magazine, the Q-Racing Journal, targeting the Association’s racing owners, breeders and fans. The digital magazine will be available at www.aqharacing.com, and its inaugural issues will be open to everyone, not just subscribers.

Q-Racing Journal will be a monthly digital publication dedicated to coverage of the American Quarter Horse racing industry. It will feature news, history, industry topics and race statistics.

“We believe that with the mobility of the racing community, a digital racing publication makes the most sense, then our American Quarter Horse racing enthusiasts can access the information they need from where they are – from Fort Erie to Los Alamitos,” said AQHA Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Jim Bret Campbell. “Eliminating the expenses of paper, printing and postage allows us to provide a beefier racing-oriented publication that contains the stories, information and statistics that our readers have told us they want, as well as affordable advertising for the racing industry.”

Another advantage to producing a digital racing publication is that AQHA will be able to better tie each issue of the magazine to the events – races and sales – that are going on at the time of publication.

The American Quarter Horse Journal has featured American Quarter Horse racing since its inception. In 1988, the Quarter Racing Journal was launched as a stand-alone publication. Later renamed The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal, the award-winning magazine returned to the Journal in 2010.

For advertising opportunities, contact Racing Account Executive Jim Persinger at (806) 378-4386 or email at jpersinger@aqha.org.

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Stolis Winner Works Back into National Rankings

The American Quarter Horse Journal, May 11, 2011 – American Quarter Horse Racing’s all-time leading money earner Stolis Winner got back to the winner’s circle Saturday at Remington Park and back into the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 poll this week. Winner of Sunday’s Bank of America Remington Championship Challenge (G2), Stolis Winner improved his bankroll to $2,221,911 and vaults to No. 6 in the 2011 balloting.

Louisiana Senator and Good Reason SA remain 1-2 in the rankings for 3-year-olds and older this week. Meanwhile, Freighttrain B ran Sunday in the Heritage Place Derby (G2) trials and posted the third-fastest qualifying time to solidify his spot at No. 3 in the national poll. Sam Houston Classic (G2) winner The Louisiana Cartel won his third-straight race of the year Saturday and moves up two spots to No. 4.

Meanwhile, Mighty B Valiant leap-frogs Valiant War Hero to top this week’s national rankings for 2-year-olds. Unbeaten in three career starts, Mighty B Valiant dominated his Heritage Place Futurity (G1) trial on Sunday. Also among the juveniles, Fast Prize Jordan debuts in the poll at No. 9 this week after a sharp trial win for the Heritage Place Futurity.

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Aikenite – Dogwood Winner on Derby Day

Aikenite, multiple Grade I-stakes placed as a juvenile, has really started to find his calling since cutting back in distance. Last year’s distant GII Fountain of Youth S. third-place finisher, a non-factor in the GI Blue Grass S., GI Preakness S. and GII Jim Dandy S., got his picture taken twice in 2010, a one-mile allowance test at Belmont June 19 and a seven-furlong allowance at Keeneland Oct. 15. The Dogwood colorbearer was freshened following an eighth-place finish in the GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Churchill Nov. 6.

Second to Apriority in an $80,000 optional claimer at Gulfstream Mar. 5, Aikenite entered off a strong win in Keeneland’s GII Commonwealth S. Apr. 16. Assigned the dreaded one hole here, the dark bay was settled in eighth through fractions of :22.56 and :45. With Johnny Velazquez aboard, he began to roll while racing wide on the turn for home and came with a sustained stretch rally on the outside to nail the GI Carter H. runner-up on the line. Smiling Tiger (Hold That Tiger), slightly favored at 5-2, endured a brutal trip and never factored in sixth.

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Peachtree Stables’ Plum Pretty Ridden by Female Jockey, Marcia Garcia, Wins Kentucky Oaks

The $1,000,000 Kentucky Oaks (G1) is the premier race in the country for 3-year-old fillies, and is the female counterpart to the Kentucky Derby. A field of 13 went to post in this 1 1/8 mile main track feature at Churchill Downs on Friday before 110,122, the third highest Oaks attendance in history.

Plum Pretty, with Martin Garcia aboard, returned $14.60 as fourth choice in a field of 13 3-year-old fillies. Her triumph in the 1 1/8-mile Oaks was preceded by third-place finish in the Las Virgenes in early February and her 25-length romp in the Sunland Park Oaks in late March. Plum Pretty, a Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, is owned by the Peachtree stable in Camden SC.

In 1981 Fort moved his stable to Atlanta, Georgia and adopted the name Peachtree, which is so well known today. With the help of mentors such as hall of fame trainer Horatio Luro and veterinarian Dr. Robert Copelan, Fort’s stable began to grow.

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Southeast Equine and Horse’ N Around
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Animal Kingdom Surges to Win 137th Kentucky Derby

When they opened the gates on the 137th Kentucky Derby, Animal Kingdom came away cleanly from his auxiliary gate post, and settled kindly for Velazquez well behind the honest pace set by Shackleford (Forestry). That blaze-faced chestnut, who had been training up a storm under the Twin Spires, lived up to that reputation by getting his first quarter in :23.24 and :48.63, and was tracked by Comma to the Top (Bwana Charlie) and Decisive Moment (With Distinction). Meanwhile, favored Dialed In (Mineshaft) was a long way last. For a 19-horse field, there appeared to be a minimum of rough trips, and Animal Kingdom raced in the three path down the backstretch. “We were between horses and he was going well,” said his rider. As Velazquez began to gather his mount approaching the three-eighths pole, Animal Kingdom’s engine roared to life, and the chestnut avoided a potential problem by accelerating through a seam with Santiva (Giant’s Causeway) to his outside. “When we got clear, he gave me the feeling that he had it in him [to win],” said Velazquez. Guided a bit further out, the lightly raced chestnut accelerated smartly, reeling in Nehro (Mineshaft) and surging clear in the final strides. Shackleford stayed on bravely, but succumbed late to Mucho Macho Man (Macho Uno) to lose third.

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Flair LLC Announces Support of the 2011 Kentucky Derby

Flair LLC, maker of FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips is pleased to announce its support of the 2011 Kentucky Derby, The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports, to be held Saturday May 7, 2011 at Churchill Downs, Louisville Kentucky.

FLAIR, a partner of The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and supporter of The NTRA’s Safety and Integrity Alliance, is proud to provide FLAIR Strips to all 2011 Kentucky Derby entrants, and provide information to all those attending the 2011 KTA/KTOB Kentucky Derby Trainer’s Dinner about the proven, drug-free benefits of FLAIR Nasal Strips for reducing EIPH.

Jim Chiapetta DVM JD, President of Flair LLC, said of FLAIR’s Kentucky Derby sponsorship, “The legendary Kentucky Derby is one of the greatest contests in sport and FLAIR is proud to be a part of this momentous yearly celebration of Thoroughbred horse racing.  Flair, LLC is also pleased to partner with the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance and work alongside the NTRA to protect the health and wellbeing of our equine racing athletes.”

About FLAIR Nasal Strips:  FLAIR Strips provide drug-free support and protection to the respiratory system of the hard-working equine athlete. FLAIR Strips are proven to:  reduce airway resistance, reduce lung stress and bleeding, reduce fatigue, and shorten post-exercise recovery time.

For more information about FLAIR Strips, please visit http://flairstrips.com.

For more information about the Kentucky Derby — The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports — please visit http://www.kentuckyderby.com/.

For more information about The NTRA and The NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance please visit http://www.ntra.com/home.

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The Annual Old Friends Homecoming – Sunday May 8, 2011

GEORGETOWN, KY – APRIL 26, 2011 – Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY, will hold its annual Homecoming fundraising event, Sunday May 8, 2011 beginning at 4 pm.

The festivities will take place at Old Friends’ Dream Chase Farm, located at 1841 Paynes Depot Road in Georgetown, KY.

Tickets are $25; Old Friends members and shareholders and students with IDs are $15. Reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by calling (502) 863-1775.

Highlights of the event include:

Live music by Lexington favorite Roger BonDurant;
Guided farm tours;
Live and silent auctions of racing memorabilia, collectible stallion halters, jewelry, photographs, fine art, and more;
Sumptuous BBQ fare by Tommy Walters’ Furlongs Catering Company. The menu features pulled pork ribs, potato salad, baked beans, buttered rolls, and dessert;
A live demonstration on the making of Raku/horse hair pottery by the artists of Pottery Rowe in Louisville.
Parking on site

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