Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, Kentucky will be the recipient of a $50,000 donation from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and his wife, Jill. Baffert’s American Pharoah swept the coveted Triple Crown – the first in 37 years – when he won the Belmont Stakes on June 6.
Immediately following the horse’s victory, the Bafferts pledged a $50,000 donation to four charitable organizations each: Old Friends, The Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund, The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and CARMAcares.
Old Friends is the retirement home of three of Baffert’s former trainees: Derby contender Danthebluegrassman, multiple grade 1 winning fan favorite Game On Dude, and 1997
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm.
“I want to share this, I want to make sure those horses we really love – we have to take care of them,” Baffert said following American Pharoah’s Belmont victory. “Win, lose, or draw, I was going to do it.”
Old Friends is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that cares for 150 retired racehorses.