MEDIA CONTACT Cynthia Grisolia,, (502) 863-1775; or Barbara Fossum,, (502) 863-1775
Proceeds to Benefit Old Friends
GEORGETOWN, KY - AUGUST 27, 2020 - Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility based in Georgetown, KY., today announced plans for a landmark online auction series that will feature treasured pieces from one of the foremost private collections of racing memorabilia in the United States. 

The auction series is a collaboration between Old Friends and the estate of Julie Albright, a longtime racing supporter and collector, and will be highlighted by original saddle cloths, collectible stallion halters, farm, training, and race-worn horse shoes, tickets, programs, and much more from some of America’s most accomplished equine athletes. A portion of the sale proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization.

The first in the series of online auctions will launch ON SUNDAY AUGUST 30, 2020 at 6 pm (EST) and sales will be offered weekly throughout the fall via the Old Friends eBay store. CLICK HERE and choose Special Memorabilia Sale on left. (Note: pages will not be live until 6 pm Sunday)

Thoroughbred heroes represented include: popular stakes winners Lava Man, Lost in the Fog, and Medaglia D’Oro; noted stallions Giant’s Causeway, Scat Daddy, and War Front; classic winners Afleet Alex, Empire Maker, Fusaichi Pegasus, Giacomo, Jazil, Point Given, and Rags to Riches; and Breeders’ Cup champions A.P. Indy, Azeri, Curlin, Da Hoss, Kona Gold, Silverbulletday, and Unbridled.

Michael Blowen, President and founder of Old Friends, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity presented by the collaboration.

“We are very excited that we are able to offer such incredible memorabilia from some of the greatest racing moments of the last 20 years,” Blowen said. “Like many non-profits, 2020 has been a challenging year for us. But this online auction series presents an opportunity to finish strong. We owe that to our residents.”

Some Derby-themed items in this week's memorabilia auction
Saddle cloth worn by 2006 Kentucky Derby Contender Sinister Minister
Shoe worn by Broad Brush, mounted. Broad Brush ran 3rd in the 1986 Kentucky Derby.
Halter worn by Proud Citizen, who ran 2nd to War Emblem in the 2002 Kentucky Derby.
About Old Friends
Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for over 200 retired racehorses. It's Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has a satellite facility: Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division in Greenfield Center, N.Y. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at