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Winner Arson Squad Arrives to Old Friends
GEORGETOWN, KY—FEBRUARY 20, 2011— Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY, has happily welcomed Arson Squad to its Dream Chase Farm.
The 9-year-old multiple GR2-winner was donated to the non-profit organization by owner Samantha Siegel of Jay Em Ess Stables, which raced him.
“When I found out Old Friends was interested in the horse I was absolutely thrilled,” said Siegel. “I know their reputation–they take great care of horses, and I can come visit him when I come to Kentucky, so it’s great.”
Bred in Pennsylvania by E & D Enterprises, Arson Squad (Brahms—Majestic Fire, by Green Dancer) suffered a sesamoid fracture and ruptured the suspensory apparatus in his right front leg during a workout in January. He retired with 9 wins from 35 starts and career earnings of nearly $1.2 million.
He left Rood & Riddle Equine hospital on February 16 and was sent directly to the Old Friends farm in Georgetown farm. “Arson Squad is a great gelding who always tried his best,” said Michael Blowen, president and founder of Old Friends. “After his unfortunate accident, Samantha Siegel went to considerable time and expense to have his surgery done by Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood & Riddle. If all owners treated their athletes like this, people would be knocking down doors to participate.”
Arson Squad’s victories include the Swaps Breeders’ Cup, the Strub Stakes, and Meadowlands Handicap, all GR2s. At the age of seven he captured the GR2 Skip Away. The gelding made his final start last December at Aqueduct, finishing third in the Queens County Stakes.
“He’s been very, very good to us,” said owner Siegel. “He’s a special horse. I didn’t realize his injuries were as extensive as they were, but we would have done the surgery anyway. As long as we could keep him healthy and happy-- That’s always our goal.”
For more information about Arson Squad or any of the retirees at Old Friends contact the farm at (502) 863-1775.
“From what he's done on the track, he's a courageous, enduring horse with a ton of determination. He was a stakes winner from the beginning and in his 5 years on the track held his own against the likes of A P Warrior, Brother Derek, Midnight Lute, Awesome Gem, Macho Again...he beat them all. And he stayed right up at the top of the game to the end of his career. Not many of even the best do that. A true 'grand old gelding.' A hat honoring Arson Squad should have boldness and strength!” – Beth Shannon of Old Friends
February 26, 2012 – Old Friends Blog
I’ve had some requests for information on Arson Squad, who is in residence at Old Friends but is not available for tours. As you may know, Arson Squad’s owners recently retired him to Old Friends after he underwent reconstructive surgery on an injured front leg. He has multiple screws, pins and plates in his leg. His recovery in large part will depend on keeping him quiet and limiting his movement while he heals. But for those of you who want to know: he is a dark brown, almost black horse with a white star on his very pretty, elegant face. He is residing in a stall next to Marquetry, because nothing fazes Marq and he will be a good, sensible, calming influence on Arson Squad. I can say this: Arson Squad is comfortable, content and not in pain. He is adjusting very well; I look forward to watching him as he heals and is eventually introduced to his fans.
To place a bid on the “Arson Squad” auction hat or to learn more about Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, please visit the Old Friends website to access the eBay link or call them at 502-863-1775.
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