Upcoming events... 

Old Friends founder and president, Michael Blowen invites you to The Washington Inn, 111 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY this Friday, Aug. 8th from 7-9pm to honor Sonny Taylor’s outstanding contributions to the horse racing industry as Taylor receives the Bobby Frankel Award. This year Mr. Taylor celebrates 50 years as a NYRA placing judge. The award is named for the late New York-based thoroughbred trainer, Bobby Frankel, and is given to an individual in the racing industry who best exemplifies the mission of Old Friends. Please join us for this special event.
And come to the National Museum of Racing, 191 Union Ave. on Saturday Aug. 9th at 9:30am. Michael Blowen and author, Rick Capone will sign your copy of the newly released, “History of Old Friends” before the Hall of Fame Induction! 
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Tours of the Farm

Come visit racing’s living legends at Old Friends at Cabin Creek
every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11-4pm
through Sept. 1st, and every Saturday all year long from noon-3pm.
Thunder Rumble, Will’s Way, Behrens, and the rest of our horses would love to see you.

Donations are gratefully accepted.

 

In the News

CRUSADER SWORD,

1985-2014

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of our dearly loved old friend and stallion, Crusader Sword , 29 years old. Grandpa, as many of us called him, died on Saturday evening, May 10th with his loving ‘mom’, JoAnn by his side. Many volunteers had surrounded him with love Saturday and saying goodbye was very hard.

Crusader was Virginia bred by Paul Mellon, trained by Mack Miller and was a true Grade 1 champion. We all miss his nickers and dinner dance which he performed at every meal, his beautiful eyes and his many licks for both volunteers and fans alike. Grandpa loved apples and carrots and was always kind and gentle to guests and children; a true elder statesman of Old Friends at Cabin Creek.

We invite you to come to Open House Saturdays from noon-3pm to honor him and say goodbye. JoAnn and Mark and all the volunteers are very grateful for the many expressions of sympathy and support they have received from you. To see more tributes to Cru, visit our OFCC Facebook page.

We’ll remember always our beautiful Crusader Sword.

The Cost of Caring for a Horse

The average cost of caring for a horse is approximately $15 per day. That amount is based on the cost of hay, grain plus regularly scheduled veterinary and farrier care. That amount increases significantly when there is serious illness or an injury or when the cost of hay and grain is affected by events beyond our control such as weather conditions, fuel costs and the economy. This amount does NOT reflect any costs associated with facility management such as grounds and building maintenance, repairs, snow removal, fencing and new construction.

We are 100% staffed by volunteers and no salaries are paid.

If you would like to support the work we do you can donate on line by clicking on the DONATE
button below:

If you prefer your tax deductible donation can be mailed to:
Old Friends at Cabin Creek, 483 Sand Hill Road, Greenfield Center, NY 12833

Our Horses

Midnight Secret raced 111 times over 11 years with 14 wins, 31 seconds and 20 thirds. He Started racing at age 2yo at Belmont and Aqueduct before trainer/owner Oscar Barrera, Jr. moved him to Finger Lakes, which remained his home track until retiring at age 12yo.

Click Here for Midnight Secret's Bio

Midnight Secret and fellow Finger Lakes rival Karakorum Patriot arrived at Old Friends at Cabin Creek Farm. They both shipped in from Finger Lakes Race Track, where Midnight Secret finished second on Nov. 2, both horses already seem to be finding their new home quite peaceful.