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Multiple Stakes Winner Prized Arrives at Old Friends
Thursday, August 4th, 2011 | written by Cynthia Grisolia
GEORGETOWN, KY — AUGUST 4, 2011 — Old Friends, Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY, today welcomed Prized, the 1989 Breeders’ Cup Turf champion and sire of the great Brass Hat.
Michael Blowen, president and founder of Old Friends, made the announcement this morning.
The 25-year-old Prized (Kris S -My Turbulent Miss by My Dad George) arrived at the Georgetown farm in excellent condition from Randy and John Funkhouser’s O’Sullivan Farms near Charlestown, W.VA.
Bred by Florida’s Meadowbrook Farm, which campaigned him along with Clover Racing Stables and trainer Neil Drysdale, Prized raced on both the dirt and the turf and had total career earnings of $2,262,555.
As a 3-year-old, Prized won the GR 1 Molson Million at Woodbine and the GR2 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park where he famously upset Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Sunday Silence.
Later that year the dark bay stallion won the Breeders’ Cup Turf, which was his first start on grass.
At four he continued to capture stakes wins with victories in the GR 1 San Luis Rey Stakes and the GR 3 Arcadia Handicap.
Retired to stud duty in 1991, Prized is the sire of multiple stakes winner Brass Hat and dual Auckland Cup winner Prize Lady.
“He looks great and he loves to talk,” said Blowen. “He’s already out in his new paddock welcoming visitors. We’re very grateful that his connections honored us with this gift.”
For more information about Prized or any of the retirees at Old Friends contact the farm at (502) 863-1775.
To place a bid on the “Prized” 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.
To view the couture Derby hats from previous hat auctions, please click on the following - Old Friends Hat Auction Portfolio