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The Ninth Annual
"Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby"
A Unique Online Derby Hat Auction Benefiting Old Friends

sponsored by
Custom Derby Millinery by Sally Faith Steinmann

MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS is excited to announce a second running of the "Pick a Pony" contest!

This is the moment when YOU get to choose the final horse for this year's “Hats Off to the Horses” Derby hat auction series that benefits Old Friends. The winning horse will be honored with a one of a kind Derby hat created by couture milliner, Sally Faith Steinmann and will be part of the auction series that starts January 1st, 2018.

The contest starts at 8 PM EST on Wednesday, August 23rd and runs through Saturday at 8 PM EST, and anyone can participate.

Included below is a brief bio of each of our four finalists for this year's “Pick a Pony” contest.

When you are ready, please cast your vote for the horse that you want to win!

Private Zone
Private Zone of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement, Georgetown, KY
2009 b G, Macho Uno – Auburn Beauty (Siphon (BRZ))
Private Zone was foaled at the Canadian branch of Adena Springs. This grandson of Holy Bull began his racing career in Panama, where he won the Clasico German Ruiz (G3) and the Clasico Francisco Arias Paredes y Alberto Arias Espinos (G1). At three years old he was imported to the United States to race in the colors of Good Friends Stable, and finished second in an impressive array of West Coast races, including the 2012 Malibu Stakes (G1), Palos Verdes Stakes (G2), and Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (G3). At four and five he showed what he was really made of. He won the 2013 and 2014 runnings of the Vosburgh Stakes (G1) and the 2014 Cigar Mile (G1), and at six, he won the 2015 Churchill Downs Stakes (G2), Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (G2), and Forego Stakes (G1), all with Martin Pedroza up. In 2015 Private Zone was ranked 15th by earnings in the country. He was an Eclipse Award finalist for champion male sprinter in 2014 and 2015. Private Zone retired to Old Friends in 2017 with $2,924,620 earnings in 33 starts with 10 wins, 9 seconds and 3 thirds.
(From the Old Friends website)
Jimbo Fallon

Jimbo Fallon of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement, Georgetown, KY

2012 gr/ro G Midnight Lute – Nice Again (Awesome Again)
Named for comedian Jimmy Fallon, the tall, handsome grey son of Midnight Lute was launched on a successful race career by owner Jill Baffert and her husband, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, as a three year old at Santa Anita. At four he won at Churchill Downs and Belmont Park. In fact, he finished in the first three in every race but one that he ever ran, but in late summer he was permanently sidelined by an injury. The Bafferts saw to it that Jimbo received the best of care to enable a happy, comfortable retirement. Old Friends is grateful to Jill and Bob Baffert for entrusting us with Jimbo Fallon and for all their generous support on behalf of the Old Friends retirees.
(From the Old Friends website)
Albert the Great
Albert the Great of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement, Georgetown, KY
1997 b H Go For Gin – Bright Feather (Fappiano)

Albert the Great raced for owner Tracy Farmer and trainer Nick Zito. At three years old, this son of Go For Gin won the 2000 Dwyer Stakes (G2) with Richard Migliore riding, and the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) with Jorge Chavez up. At four he took the 2001 Widener Handicap (3) at Hialeah, setting the track’s final record for a mile and an eighth, 1:45.52. Albert the Great also achieved wins in the 2001 Brooklyn Handicap (G2) and Suburban Handicap (G2), all under Jorge Chavez, besides finishing no worse than 3rd in such celebrated races as the Donn, Whitney, Woodward, and Breeders’ Cup Classic, earning a lifetime $3,012,490 with 8 wins, 6 seconds and 4 thirds in 22 starts. Albert the Great entered stud at Three Chimneys Farm, where he sired Wood Memorial (G1) winner and Old Friends retiree, Nobiz Like Shobiz. In 2008 he moved to Pin Oak Lane Stud in Pennsylvania, completing stallion duty in 2017. Old Friends thanks Mr. Farmer for facilitating Albert’s retirement with us.
(From the Old Friends website)
Touch Gold
Touch Gold of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement, Georgetown, KY
1994 dkb/br. H Deputy Minister - Passing Mood (Buckpasser)
1997 Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold was one of the best of an exceptional crop of contenders. The bay son of Deputy Minister won the Lexington Stakes (G2) at Keeneland with Gary Stevens up, but trainer David Hofmans and owners Frank Stronach and Stonerside Stable decided not to run the late May colt in the Derby. He acquitted himself well in the Preakness. With Chris McCarron riding he beat all but the Derby winner, Silver Charm, and Derby second and third place finishers Captain Bodgit and Free House. Touch Gold turned the tables when he denied Silver Charm the Triple Crown in a Belmont Stakes duel to the wire that racing fans will long remember. Touch Gold retained top form through the summer with his win in the Haskell (G1) over Anet, Free House and Tale of the Cat, with Chris McCarron again in the irons. Strong fields indeed! At four years old Touch Gold ran second to Arch in Keeneland’s Fayette Stakes (G3). He retired from racing with $1,679,907 and 6 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third in 15 starts. At stud at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Farm, Touch Gold sired 74 stakes performers including Stephen Foster winner and fellow Old Friends resident Seek Gold. Old Friends thanks Mr. Stronach for enabling Touch Gold’s retirement to our main farm and for his generous support.
(From the Old Friends website)
Thank you for your vote, the winner will be announced soon!


In the upcoming “Hats Off” auction season that starts January 1st, 2018, please visit the Old Friends website to access the eBay link or call them at 502-863-1775 to learn more about how to place a bid or to learn more about Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm.

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