How To Help The Retired Racehorses

Hourse FUTURAL, 1996 c, g by Future Storm -- Twigazuri by Dixieland Band. Lifetime: 70 Starts, 12 Wins
Tom Beatty
Old Friends, a retirement and rescue facility for pensioned thoroughbreds in Georgetown, Ky., opened in 2002 — around the time Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand was killed in a slaughterhouse in Japan. Since, it has provided a place for former champions to live out their days.

Old Friends' retired champions include Sunshine Forever and Ogygian. Check out bios of the horses and the Old Friends photo gallery.

For more information, watch the report by CBS News correspondent Richard Schlesinger or visit Old Friends yourself.

How To Help

If you'd like to donate to the

If you'd rather donate items, Old Friends' Wish List includes:

  • Rice Bran Oil
  • Paste de-wormers
  • Horse treats-all kinds!
  • Carrot cutter (there MUST be one somewhere)
  • Workbench
  • Gator / Work Horse Type Vehicle
  • Farm truck
  • Stamps
  • Copy paper, file folders
  • Toner cartridges for printers
  • Software -PhotoShop, Front Page, Microsoft Office, QuickBooks
  • Bookcases, Smallish desk
  • Copy machine
  • Other Organizations

  • Interested in learning more? Check out the directory of retired thoroughbreds from From Blood Horse Magazine.
  • Also, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is another group that works to save "thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse and slaughter."