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Eclipse Winner Hidden Lake to Old Friends

GEORGETOWN, KY— JANUARY 16, 2009 —Hidden Lake, who earned the 1997 Eclipse award for top older female, will become the newest retiree at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY. Her owner, Robert S. Evans of Connecticut, donated her.

The daughter of Quiet American, Hidden Lake was consigned to the Keeneland January sale for horses of all ages, but the decision was later made to retire the 16-year-old champion.

In her 4-year-old season, Hidden Lake captured four graded stakes, three of them GR1s, including the Shuvee and the Hempstead at Belmont Park and the Go For Wand at Saratoga. Nearly collapsing from heat exhaustion following July’s Go for Wand, Hidden Lake came back strong that October to win The Beldame, again at Belmont. She was also a contender in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, where she finished 7th.

Campaigned by the partnership of Robert N. Clay (of Three Chimneys) and Tracey Farmer and trained by John Kimmel, Hidden Lake retired with earnings of just under $1 million.

Jockey Richard Migliore has called his win with Hidden Lake in the Go for Wand one of his most memorable victories.

“From the recesses of her heart, Hidden Lake found a way to fight back and win,” he has said. “After the finish line she actually collapsed from exhaustion. That was how much effort she put into winning that race. She was running on empty and found more to give.”

“We are very grateful to Mr. Evans and everyone involved,” said Michael Blowen, President and Founder of Old Friends. “She was an unbelievable race mare and we’re honored that she'll join Silver Charm’s dam, Bonnie’s Poker, at Old Friends. We’ve already received some great notes from her many fans.”

Sallee Vans will deliver Hidden Lake to Old Friends on January 17. Friends and fans are, as always, invited to visit.

Located on 1841 Paynes Depot Road in Georgetown, KY, Old Friends is home to more than 30 retired Thoroughbreds, including 16 stallions. Among the many Champions are Eclipse-winning turf horse Sunshine Forever, the great sprinter Ogygian, Eclipse-winner The Wicked North, and millionaire Awad. The farm is open daily to tourists by appointment. For more information on tours, booking rooms at the Old Friends Bed & Breakfast, or to make a donation cal l 502-863-1775 or see their website at http://www.oldfriendsequine.org


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