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Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm

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1841 Paynes Depot Rd, Georgetown, KY 40324-9138
+1 502-863-1775
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Enjoyable and informative

Old Friends provides a dignified retirement for Thoroughbreds who are done with their racing and... read more

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bluestraycat
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Wausau, Wisconsin, United States
Retirement Home For Race Horses

This place is amazing! History, beauty, compassion and caring all around. If you love horses you’ll... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Sharon J
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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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 165 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 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners Silver Charm and War Emblem, 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. Winter hours at our Kentucky farm November 4th through March 14th - one tour daily at 11:00 only. March 15th through November 4th, tours are daily at 10 am, 1 pm & 3 pm.
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1841 Paynes Depot Rd, Georgetown, KY 40324-9138
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Reviewed yesterday

Old Friends provides a dignified retirement for Thoroughbreds who are done with their racing and breeding careers. Some are famous, others are not, but all have a story and you will learn about their lives and careers. Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This place is amazing! History, beauty, compassion and caring all around. If you love horses you’ll love Old Friends!

Thank Sharon J
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very informative and humorous tour guide. Amazing to see these retired race horses and hear their individual stories, including the total purse amounts each has won. Well worth the time

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour guide Matthew was great! He was so knowledgeable of the horses. We fed carrots to racing champions! We are not a huge racing fan, but we love horses. These horses were athletes and thanks to places like this they are able to retire...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has had a major impact on the sport of horse racing by creating a shelter/home for retired or abandoned race horses. It’s incredible and important. AND it’s a great place to visit. You get a 90 min tour through the horse pastures meeting...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the highlight of our 2 day visit to Lexington. Great tour and a lot of fun with the horses petting and feeding them. Got to see some race winners -Silver Charm, War Emblem And Touch Gold as well as a lot of other...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Any time you’re on I64 near Lexington, arrange a tour of this wonderful, beautiful and gracious place. Over two hundred retired Thoroughbreds, including two gorgeous winners of both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The tour charges a nominal $10 fee for two hours which allows...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You don't have to be a racing, horse nut to enjoy this. Very enjoyable experience. Group was not huge. relaxed, the volunteer guide made it great, Feeding the horses was very fun. Lisa the guide was top notch.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A farm full of retired race horses, many of them very famous. You get to interact with them and hear each of their individual stories. This is such a great idea that has been very successful. All I can say is do not miss visiting...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Old Friends does everything well. The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the horses, their histories, the history of how the farm came together and just about anything one could think to ask. I grew up around horses, and tt was very obvious the horses...More

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missysissy
August 16, 2017|
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Response from vivienleigh | Reviewed this property |
it is about a mile or so on uneven terrain between paddocks and that is mostly grass or gravel covered. We do have a golf cart available that will be driven by the tour guide for those guests with mobility challenges. Please... More
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Alexia S
March 25, 2017|
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Response from vivienleigh | Reviewed this property |
Adults are $10, children ages 6-12 are $5. Children 5 and under are free. I am a long-time volunteer and the proceeds benefit the continued care of the horses. Thank you.
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Gretchen R
July 25, 2016|
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Response from Tom Z | Reviewed this property |
No need to bring treats for the horses, but please leave behind a generous donation.
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