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Stakes Winner Flying Pidgeon Euthanized

GEORGETOWN, KY—DECEMBER. 5, 2008— This morning, the people of Old Friends said farewell to a dear friend, millionaire Flying Pidgeon.

Winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Invitational and member of the Calder Hall of Fame, Flying Pidgeon was humanely euthanized at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY due to the infirmities of old age. The 27-year-old son of Upper Case out of Miss Minnesota was retired to Old Friends by Jane White and the Flying Pidgeon Syndicate in October 2006.

In 56 lifetime starts, Flying Pidgeon won or placed in 23 stakes, 18 of them grade. He earned $1,154,337.

In 1985, at the age of 4, Pidgeon found his calling as a Turf champ, and his talent knew no boundaries as he raced from East Coast to West. At Calder he captured the G2 W.L. McKnight Invitational Handicap and went on to nail the G2 Bougainvillea H at Hialeah and the Camden H at Garden State. In that same year he placed 3rd in the G1 Arlington Million.

In 1986 he returned to defend his title in both the W.L. McKnight H and the Bougainvillea H and also captured the G1 Hollywood Invitational at Hollywood Park.

Throughout his career he became known for his “flying” finishes from the back of the pack and for defeating such outstanding runners as Crème Fraiche, Dahar, and Strawberry Road.

The Flying Pidgeon Handicap is run in his honor at Calder every year.

“Yesterday, Flying Pidgeon was resting in the late afternoon sun,” said Old Friends founder and President, Michael Blowen. “When we went to put him up for the night, he wouldn’t get up. Within minutes, Dr. Doug Byars was here administering steroids to help the old guy. By this morning it was clear that Pidge was telling us it was his time.”

A memorial ceremony in his honor will take place at Old Friends in early spring.

For more information please contact Old Friends at (502) 863-1775.

Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that is home to nearly 30 retired racehorses. It’s Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. For more information on tours, reservations at the Old Friends B&B, or to make a donation, contact the farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at http://www.oldfriendsequine.org.

 

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