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Michael Blowen and JoAnn Pepper of Old Friends to appear as Guests in the Gallery at the National Museum of Racing on Aug. 16

Old Friends founder and president Michael Blowen and JoAnn Pepper, co-owner of Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division, will participate in a Guests in the Gallery program on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The program is free to attend with a paid Museum admission.


Old Friends, which was founded by Blowen as a thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, Ky., currently cares for more than 160 retired racehorses at its main facility in Kentucky, as well as at Kentucky Downs and the Cabin Creek farm in Greenfield, Center, N.Y. More than 20,000 people visit Old Friends each year. Standout former racehorses such as Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners Silver Charm and War Emblem, Belmont winner Sarava, three-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude, Seabiscuit movie star Popcorn Deelites, Breeders’ Cup Champion Amazombie, two-time Whitney winner Commentator and Hollywood Gold Cup winner Rail Trip reside at Old Friends.


Blowen and Pepper will discuss the evolution of Old Friends, its role in thoroughbred aftercare and answer questions from the audience. Several trainers and jockeys of Old Friends residents are also expected to attend and share stories of the horses in the care of Old Friends.