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The Wicked North to Arrive at Old Friends This Weekend

GEORGETOWN, KY—OCTOBER 10, 2008— This Sunday, Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility based in Georgetown, KY will welcome new retiree The Wicked North to its 92-acres Dream Chase Farm. Owner Annette Bacola has kindly donated her Eclipse-winning champion to the facility where he will be permanently pensioned.

The Wicked North (Far North--Wicked Witchcraft by Good Behaving) most recently stood at True North Farm in Versailles, KY. He was pension in 2007, however, due to health problems. Prior to that he stood at The Stallion Park in Millbrook, NY.

By winning 8 of 17 starts he earned over $1.2 million on the track. His stakes victories include the G3 Bing Crosby Stakes, the G1 Oaklawn H., and the G1 California Stakes, where he set a track record for 1 1/8 miles when he won in 1:46.68 over the Hollywood Park course. In 1994, at age 5, he earned the Eclipse Award for Champion Older Horse.

Bacola, the former racing commissioner in Michigan, resides in Versailles and will be providing a stipend for her horse.

The 19-year-old chestnut stallion has been at Kentucky’s Caddel Equine Therapy Center, owned and operated by Steve and Linda Caddel, where he has been recovering from colic surgery.

“We’re so honored to have the Wicked North here at Old Friends,” said founder and president Michael Blowen. “We can’t thank Annette enough for choosing us. We know he’ll enjoy his retirement here and we’re looking forward to introducing him to our many visitors and patrons.”

Both the press and the public are welcome to attend his arrival on Sunday Oct. 12. Salle Vans, the transportation specialist that have shipped many Old Friends retirees free of charge, will pick up the stallion at Caddel and he is expected to arrive between 1pm and 2pm.

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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