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Winning Ponies

Winning Ponies

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September 01st 2011:Winning Ponies welcomes Michael Blowen and Richard Eng

Michael Blowen, founder of Old Friends Equine Retirement Farm in Gorgetown KY, will talk about Old Friends as a retirement and rescue facility for pensioned Thoroughbreds. He said "when news broke of the inconceivable death of Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand in a slaughterhouse in Japan in 2002, the discovery gave even more impetus to our organization". "We went from getting five emails a day to hundreds," noted President and founder Michael Blowen. We knew such a death must never happen again. And so the plan became to bring at risk racehorses--those whose racing and breeding careers had come

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Michael Blowen

Old Friends' founder and President Michael Blowen discovered his unique bond with Thoroughbreds while working as a volunteer groom at Suffolk Downs during the 1990s, eventually buying and racing a small stable of claiming-level horses before leaving his position as Arts & Entertainment reporter and film critic for The Boston Globe to become operations director for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. That move to Kentucky gave Michael an even greater appreciation for plight of older, displaced Thoroughbreds and led him to the idea of creating a permanent retirement home in the Bluegrass for horses who need a place to go when their working days are over.
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Richard Eng

Richard Eng covers the Horse Racing industry. "Handicapping for Dummies" is one of the many handicapping books he wrote. He also is a writer for Las Vegas Review Journal and the Daily Racing Form.
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https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1448/winning-ponies 17/11/2017 05:00 17/11/2017 06:00 Winning Ponies https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1448/winning-ponies Michael Blowen, founder of Old Friends Equine Retirement Farm in Gorgetown KY, will talk about Old Friends as a retirement and rescue facility for pensioned Thoroughbreds. He said "when news broke of the inconceivable death of Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand in a slaughterhouse in Japan in 2002, the discovery gave even more impetus to our organization". "We went from getting five emails a day to hundreds," noted President and founder Michael Blowen. We knew such a death must never happen again. And so the plan became to bring at risk racehorses--those whose racing and breeding careers had come to an end--to Old Friends, provide them with the dignified retirement they deserve, and open the space to the public. By promoting these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism, we realized we could draw attention to all retired Thoroughbreds and all equines in need. Richard Eng, author of Handicapping for Dummies and writer for Las Vegas Review Jounal and Daily Racing Form, will handicap the week-end major Stakes races around the country. VoiceAmerica | Talk Radio | Online Talk Radio studio@voiceamerica.com false DD/MM/YYYY Add to Calendar
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