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Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm

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Address: 1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, KY 40324
Phone Number: +1 502-863-1775
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Description: Horse Racing's Living History Museum! At Old Friends, the non-profit...
Horse Racing's Living History Museum! At Old Friends, the non-profit Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY, the horses may not be racing anymore, but they are winners everyday. Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, Old Friends cares for more than 135 horses across three states, many of them stallions whose racing and breeding careers came to an end. A "Rural Hall of Fame", the farm welcomes visitors to get up close and personal with such stars of the turf as Breeders' Cup Champion Gulch, Belmont Stakes winner Sarava, millionaire gelding Arson Squad, and many more. Hear their stories, meet them in person...Er..Horse. Our guests come to visit a few ex-racehorses, they leave having been touched by the heart of a Thoroughbred hero. Tours are daily at 10:00, 1:00 & 3:00 with a reservation.
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What a labor of love

Amazing to see so many retired race horses, mostly stallions, so lovingly cared for. Learned a lot about the horses and their care and feeding. Our tour guide was a volunteer and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Orinda, California
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Orinda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Amazing to see so many retired race horses, mostly stallions, so lovingly cared for. Learned a lot about the horses and their care and feeding. Our tour guide was a volunteer and you could tell how much he cared about each individual horse. The tour lasted almost 2 hours, and it seemed like the time just flew by.

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Georgetown, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Providing a retirement home for million dollar horses makes this attraction very unique! You will love the small farm and the horses you meet! You will also learn a great deal about the thoroughbred business.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We liked our visit to Old Friends so much last time that we made it our very first stop when we came to this area again! This is truly a can't miss stop in the area and you will be very glad you visited when you are done. We had new tour guides this time so the information was slightly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Old Friends was a stop on our horse farm and bourbon tour bus ride before the Derby. We didn't know what to expect, but once we were there, we didn't want to leave. Started 10 years ago by Michael Blowen and his wife Diane White, both former writers for the Boston Globe, it is the closest thing to horse heaven... More 

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Greeneville, Tennessee, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

As life long followers of horse racing and also, as horse owners, my husband and I stood to adornment of this facility and of these great champions. What an amazing tribute to honor these horses. Our heartfelt appreciation to all that care for and love these horses. Well deserved and good job to all. Thank you for all you do!

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Falls Church, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I'm a life long racing fan, so Old Friends is very special. My favorite race horse of all time, Silver Charm, moved there in December, and prompted me to organize a trip to KY to visit - timed to see Rolex. But Old Friends was my real reason to be there. This place is one in a million, something I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

my favorite horse in the whole world is right at my finger tips at this facility. its a chance to visit with the horses we have seen on tv and enjoyed at the race tracks. its priceless to be able to give these champions carrots and be able to pet them.

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Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Love Secretariat?? See one of his offspring. Love Seabiscuit!? See one of his offspring! Love Silver Charm?? See him!! This place will make you fall in love with horses and their stories. This is a safe haven for horses which might otherwise meet their untimely demise. They get lots of TLC in their golden years. A lively horse farm with... More 

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Fairfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Yes, there is the Kentucky Horse Park, The Claiborne Farm (and other horse breeding farms), and historic horse racing venues (Churchill Downs, Keeneland, et al), but don't miss the opportunity to visit, feed, pet and learn about the thoroughbred horses that made the other places famous. This animal rescue center for thoroughbreds provides homes for the horses after their "useful"... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This horse retirement farm definitely should be on everyone's not to miss destination near Lexington, KY

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