Old Friends - Thoroughbred Retirement
Press Release

MEDIA CONTACT: Cynthia Grisolia, (502) 863-1775, cindy@oldfriendsequine.org, or Barbara Fossum (502) 863-1775, barbara@oldfriendsequine.org

Old Friends to Host "Wise Dan Day" 
Saturday July 6th, 2 pm - 4 pm

Wise Dan (photo by Laura Battles)

GEORGETOWN, KY - JUNE 19, 2019 - Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement farm in Georgetown, KY., will host "Wise Dan Day" on Saturday July 6th from 2 pm to 4 pm

The two-time Horse of the Year, multiple Eclipse winner, and two-time Breeders' Cup Champion will make a special ambassador appearance at the organization's main farm in support of aftercare, and will be available for fan meet-and-greets and photos. 

The event begins at 2 pm and tickets are $15 per person. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling Old Friends's main office at (502) 863-1775.

A homebred for Chicago businessman Morton Fink, Wise Dan (Wiseman's Ferry - Lisa Danielle, Wolf Power), had a formidable racing career than spanned five seasons. He won  19 graded stakes, 11 of them at the grade 1 level on dirt and turf, while racing from ages three to seven. His victories include multiple runnings of the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland and back-to-back wins in the Breeders' Cup Mile in 2012 and 2013. 

Wise Dan earned Horse of the Year, champion grass horse, and champion older horse titles in 2012 and then again in 2013, and retired with earnings of $7,552,920.

In 2016 the chestnut gelding--who underwent colic surgery in 2014--was awarded the inaugural Rood & Riddle Comeback Award. The award given to an equine athlete who overcame a major health complication and returned to elite competition. 

Now 12, Wise Dan is enjoying retirement at trainer Charlie and Amy LoPresti's Forest Lane Farm in Lexington. 

"We are so thankful to Charlie and Amy LoPresti and owner Morton Fink and family for letting their wonderful horse spend a day here at Old Friends meeting his many adoring fans," said Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen. "Wise Dan is one of racing's greatest champions, and it's an honor to welcome him. And how great is it to have the two-time winner of the Firecracker Handicap here on Fourth of July Weekend!" 

For reservations or additional information contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775.

"Wise Dan Day at Old Friends"
Saturday July 6th, 2019 - 2 pm - 4 pm
1841 Paynes Depot Rd.
Georgetown, KY 40324
(502) 863-1775

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 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.