Old Friends Retirement Farm

John Botty, Well-Respected New England Trainer, Dies at 65

John T. Botty, a retired and well-respected New England trainer known for his attention to detail, patience, and knack for developing young horses, died suddenly Apr. 30 after suffering a stroke. Botty was 65 and lived in Pelham, New Hampshire. He had remained active in the sport as a bloodstock consultant after stepping away from daily work under racetrack shed rows in 2015. For the better part of three decades, Botty, together with his wife of 32 years, Kathleen, ran a successful, mid-sized racing stable based out of Suffolk Downs...

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Old Friends Joins Forces with Senior Living Community

Old Friends, the non-profit organization that cares for over 200 retired racehorses near Georgetown, Ky., has formed a unique arrangement with Georgetown's new Ashton Grove Senior Living Community, which is located a few miles from the Old Friends property. Equine retirees from Old Friends will live at Ashton Grove, which is positioned on approximately 40 acres of former Hill 'n' Dale Farm land. Ashton Grove has eight fenced paddocks, a 12-stall barn, and run-in sheds under construction. Old Friends hosted a grand opening of the new location Friday. "This is...

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Patch Settles Into the Sweet Life of Retirement

"There are two things that I refuse to die from," Michael Blowen said as he strode along the fence line at Old Friends Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky. "The first is shoveling snow, because I'm from New England and I hate snow. And the second is boredom." The founder and president of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm weaved among the paddocks, stopping to distribute carrots to Ide (Forty Niner), the winner of four consecutive Grade III stakes in 1995 and 1996, and then breaking into a sprint along the paddock of...

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