Old Friends - Thoroughbred Retirement
Press Release

MEDIA CONTACT: Cynthia Grisolia, (347) 423-7322, cindy@oldfriendsequine.org, or Michael Blowen, (502) 863-1775, michael@oldfriendsequine.org

Multiple Stakes Placed Judge's Case Dies
Judge's Case in 2013 at Old Friends (Photo: Laura Battles)
GEORGETOWN, KY - MAY 16, 2017 -  Multiple stakes-placed Judge's Case passed away May 15 at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm based in Georgetown, KY.  The 20-year-old gelding was euthanized due to chronic orthopedic disease.

Bred in Florida by J. C. and Phyllis Dudley, Judge's Case (Montbrook - Extra Case, by Upper Case) earned $707,618 in his racing career, and he earned it the hard way.  In 104 starts the game gelding hit the board 62 times, 16 of them were wins.  His claim to fame came at the age of six when he came third to Horse of the Year Mineshaft in the 2003 Pimlico Special (GR1).  He also placed in the Fort Marcy Handicap (GR3) at Aqueduct.  Judge raced until he was 11, retiring in May of 2008.

He made an attempt at a second career as a show jumper, and showed great promise, but a torn suspensory ligament ended his re-training. 

While he had many trainers and several owners throughout his career, he was most recently owned by partners Daniel Zamborsky, Jason Phillips, and owner-trainers Tom and Lisa Schell, who visited him often at Old Friends and helped to provide for him over the years.

"While saddened by the news, my heart is full of joy with the memories of the last 10 years," said co-owner Zamborsky. "I can never thank Old Friends and [Old Friends founder] Michael Blowen enough for everything they did for Judge. While he was lucky to have found Old Friends, I feel we were the fortunate ones.  Making the trips to visit him, going to the track, and taking evening rides around the farm with Michael are memories I will always treasure. 

"Judge may be gone, but his spirit will always live on," Zamborsky added. "I look forward to many more years visiting Old Friends and making new memories with all the horses that are so fortunate."

"He was a true warrior," said Old Friends's Blowen. "He always kept his game face on no matter what, and was such a fan favorite and a favorite around the barn. We were honored to have him with us all these years, and we will certainly miss him."

Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for more than 170 retired racehorses. It's Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has two satellite facilities: Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division in Greenfield Center, N.Y., and at Old Friends at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, KY. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.