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Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm

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Address: 1841 Paynes Depot Rd, Georgetown, KY 40324-9138
Phone Number: +1 502-863-1775
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Horse Racing's Living History Museum!

    At Old Friends, the...

Horse Racing's Living History Museum!

    At Old Friends, the non-profit Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY, the horses may not be racing anymore, but they are winners everyday. Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, Old Friends cares for more than 135 horses across three states, many of them stallions whose racing and breeding careers came to an end. A "Rural Hall of Fame", the farm welcomes visitors to get up close and personal with such stars of the turf as Breeders' Cup Champion Gulch, Belmont Stakes winner Sarava, millionaire gelding Arson Squad, and many more.

    Hear their stories, meet them in person...Er..Horse. Our guests come to visit a few ex-racehorses, they leave having been touched by the heart of a Thoroughbred hero. Tours are daily at 10:00, 1:00 & 3:00 with a reservation.

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Worth the 900 mile drive

My wife and I drove 900 miles to see her most favorite horse ever (Silver Charm). I wasn't expecting much but the setup and tour were over the top.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Carrollton, Texas
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Carrollton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I drove 900 miles to see her most favorite horse ever (Silver Charm). I wasn't expecting much but the setup and tour were over the top.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family visited me for my birthday and I wanted to give the a piece of my Kentucky experience. Old Friends more than fit the bill. There is a "Field of Dreams" quality to the place. If you are looking for something different to do and are a hard core horse racing fan or have never seen a race on... More 

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York, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! What a great experience! Our guide, Ellen, is a truly committed volunteer. She gave us so much information and you tell how much she loves the horses the mission of Old Friends. It was great seeing these beautiful animals up close and being able to give them treats. I left wishing I lived in the area so I could... More 

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Independence, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Here you will see Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont winners. They also have a movie star. You get to get up close and personal with the famous and not so famous racing stars. Where else can you take a selfie with Silver Charm? The volunteers are super knowledgeable about all of the horses. You may even catch a glimpse of... More 

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Hillsborough, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am so glad I came here! As part of planning a short trip to the Lexington area to meet American Pharaoh, I signed up for a tour and it was a highlight of my entire trip. The horses are beautiful and friendly, and I recognized so many of them from their racing days - it's an amazing collection of... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Old Friends does a great job in rescuing retired champions and is worthy of supporting. They have a tour that is very informative for those who are interested in thoroughbred history. We thought we might be ble to "pet" or feed a few of the horses, but in general, these racehorses are bred to be aggressive and many of them... More 

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Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A few commercial Lexington guide services might visit Old Friends, but you really don't need them. It's easy to find on your own, and the one-hour-plus tour costs only $10 per person. You'll do some gentle walking as you visit the 'senior' horses, but the farm can accommodate those who need golf-cart transportation. Our guide provided wonderful background stories on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This tour will pull at your heartstrings! The tour guide, a volunteer, knew lots of stories and details about each horse. There is a lot of walking among the fenced pastures and barn. If you need the assistance, a golf cart can be provided. The horses were just gorgeous and so excited to see the visitors (as we were providing... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

What a lovely place! We had a great tour guide who gave us insights into the horses' personalities. Getting to feed them carrots was a treat. It is nice to know these horses are being catered to in their retirement.

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Louisville, KY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

I can't stop talking about Old Friends. Now I want to visit the one in Franklin, KY, as well. The tour guide paced everything wonderfully. You get to feed carrots to the horses (the ones that will take food from your hands). There is also a gift shop, which is small but holds plenty of temptations. Proceeds go to the... More 

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