• The Great War is off the Derby trail following poor finish in the BattagliaPosted 4 days ago
  •  Royal Son scores in the John Battaglia Memorial.Posted 5 days ago
  • Stellar Wind an impressive winner of the Santa Ysabel. Posted 5 days ago
  • Far Right shoots up the rail again to score in the Southwest Stakes. Posted 11 days ago
  • Khozan demolishes a Gulfstream Park allowance field to remain perfect in two starts. Posted 11 days ago
  • No beating North Slope as he returns to dirt a winner in the Evening Attire. Posted 11 days ago
  •  International Star scrapes the paint to win the Risen Star.Posted 12 days ago
  • I'm A Chatterbox speaks loud and clear in the Rachel Alexandra. Posted 12 days ago
  • Itsaknockout wins the Fountain of Youth on the DQ of Upstart. Posted 12 days ago
  •  Chocolate Ride sneaks away in the Fair Grounds Handicap.Posted 12 days ago
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View From The Bluegrass
Posted Tuesday, December 02, 2014
The 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, Silver Charm, arrived at Old Friends on Monday, where he will enjoy the rest of his days grazing on sweet Kentucky Bluegrass.
Posted Friday, October 10, 2014
Sunshine Forever, the first Thoroughbred stallion returned to the United States from Japan by Michael Blowen, owner and founder of Old Friends, a Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown and Midway, passed away in his paddock in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2014. He was 29 years old.
Posted Tuesday, October 07, 2014
It was a big day on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 for Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky., as two new retirees arrived at the farm - Game On Dude and Amazombie.
Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2012
In any given year, there are thousands of Thoroughbreds born in Central Kentucky. Out of them, some will win allowance and claiming races, some others will win stakes races and a few others will win graded stakes races. However, only one will win the Kentucky Derby.
Posted Friday, May 04, 2012
The time has finally arrived. We’re just one day away from the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, and it seemed appropriate to write the final Road to the Kentucky Derby – 10 to Watch article while sitting at Churchill Downs just a few hours away from post time for the Kentucky Oaks and on the eve of the Derby.
Posted Saturday, April 14, 2012
In an impressive performance, Dullahan used an explosive burst of speed down the stretch to roll past favorite Hansen late...
Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012
Reigning two-year-old champion Hansen faces 12-challengers in a major test this Saturday at Keeneland in the 88th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.
Posted Wednesday, April 11, 2012
We’re now just four weeks away from this year’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 5, 2012 and a lot has changed since the last edition of “Road to the Derby: 10 to Watch," thanks to a number of Derby prep races now in the books. So, who’s moved up and who’s moved down? Read on to find out.
Posted Thursday, April 05, 2012
It's spring time in Central Kentucky. The sun is shining. Temperatures have finally gotten back to normal – mid 60s to low 70s daily – and life is good. But, tomorrow things get even better as Keeneland begins its 15-day Spring Meet. Here's a preview of the Spring Meet.
Posted Monday, March 19, 2012
We’re only eight weeks away from this year’s Kentucky Derby ... Here's week 2 of Rick's "10 to Watch" on the Road to the Derby.
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Meet Rick Capone
Rick Capone has been a horse racing fan since the Saturday afternoon when he saw Riva Ridge, his all-time favorite horse, win the Kentucky Derby on television.
Today, he is the sports editor for The Woodford Sun, a weekly newspaper in Versailles, Ky., a town just outside of Lexington and only 15 minutes away from Keeneland.
In addition to his duties at the Sun, Rick is a volunteer at Old Friends, the thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown that is owned by Michael Blowen. He even is part owner of one of the retirees there, Miss Hooligan, the grand daughter of 1988 Eclipse Award – Champion Turf Horse, Sunshine Forever, who is also on the farm.
Rick grew up in Havertown, Pa., just outside of West Philadelphia. At 20, he moved to South Florida with his family and lived a stones throw from Gulfstream. After some stops in North Carolina, Georgia and California, he currently lives in Georgetown, Ky., where he gets to drive by some of the greatest horse farms in the world on his way to work every morning.

(Photo: Miss Hooligan and Rick at Old Friends this past December. (Photo by Steve Blake)