OLD FRIENDS EQUINE reports they have added multiple stakes winner AFFIRMED SUCCESS and son of Seattle Slew WILLIAMSTOWN to their illustrious roster of retired Thoroughbred champion racehorses.
Michael Blowen describes how these “Old Friends” came to their sanctuary:
AFFIRMED SUCCESS was at the Kentucky Horse Park in the Parade of Breeds but, in their wisdom, the folks at the park decided it was time to retire him for good and asked if we would like to have him at Old Friends. We are delighted at both his presence and the indication of faith that John Nicholson and everyone at the Horse Park has shown toward the Old Friends team.
While Affirmed Success lived well at the Park and lives well now with his pasture pal, fellow gelding and stakes winner, Futural, that wasn’t the case with WILLIAMSTOWN.
The Seattle Slew son, who set the one-mile track record at Belmont Park for a mile in the 1993 Withers Stakes (he held it until Nazran beat it ten years later), was in tenuous territory. After completing his racing career, Williamstown stood at Payson Stud, Metropolitan Stud in New York and, then, in January, 2007, he was shipped to Rockin’ River Farm in Iowa.
After a brief stallion career, he was declared infertile. His owners collected on their insurance policy and Williamstown was in limbo. Not a good place for a racehorse that can’t race or breed. But, after a brief, unproductive stay at the Univ. of Minn., we were contacted by representatives of Frank Aubrey Insurance concerning Williamstown’s welfare. Thanks to them and StarNet insurance together with a generous donation from Suzanne Gottlieb, Williamstown is now living here next to Popcorn Deelites and Special Ring.
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