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The Thirteenth Annual
"Hats Off to the Horses:
The Road to the Derby"

The "Ring Weekend" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"
The “Ring Weekend” Hat
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The Thirteenth Annual
"Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby"
A Unique Online Derby Hat Auction Benefiting Old Friends

sponsored by
MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®
Custom Derby Millinery by Sally Faith Steinmann

Featured Horse

Ring Weekend

Ring Weekend, the horse - Photo by Laura Battles


Pedigree: Foaled in Kentucky on April 27, 2011; 11 year old gelding
Sire –
Tapit ; Dam – Free the Magic (Cryptoclearance)
Trained by: Graham Motion
Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds
Breeder: Gainesway Thoroughbreds LTD
Jockeys: John Velazquez, Drayden Van Dyke, Daniel Centeno, Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Record: 33: 8 – 5 - 4
Career Earnings: $1,571,576

Achievements - At 3: winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on the dirt and Hill Prince Stakes (G3T) on the turf. At 4: winner of the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes (G1T) at Santa Anita Park, then laid up for more than a year with hoof issues. Age 6: winner of the Longines Dixie Stakes (G2T) at Pimlico Race Course and the Bernard Baruch Handicap (G2T) at Saratoga Race Course.

Retired from racing in 2018 and sent to retrain with Olympic Gold Medalist Phillip Dutton for a second career when injured.

Pensioned and retired to Old Friends in June 2021.

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Ring Weekend, the horse - Photo by Laura Battles
Ring Weekend (on the lead) with his pal, Nicanor

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Ring Weekend, the horse - Photo by Laura Battles

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Ring Weekend at Old Friends
Courtesy Old Friends


Owners West Point Thoroughbreds named Ring Weekend for the United States Military Academy’s tradition of awarding West Point class rings at the start of senior year. Ring Weekend, the horse, earned notable awards of his own. Trained by Graham Motion, he achieved victories in the Grade 1 2015 Frank E. Kilroe Mile ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, the Grade 2 2014 Tampa Bay Derby ridden by Daniel Centeno, 2016 Bernard Baruch H with John Velazquez up, and 2016 Seabiscuit H with Drayden Van Dyke in the irons, and the Grade 3 2014 Saranac S with John Velazquez and Hill Prince S with Irad Ortiz, Jr. up. He ended an exceptional race career with 8 firsts, 5 seconds, 4 thirds in 33 starts and $1,571,576 earnings. He then went into training as an eventer with Olympic Gold Medalist Phillip Dutton, but after an injury his connections judged retirement to be in his best interest. Old Friends thanks West Point, the Duttons, and all who made Ring Weekend’s transition to retirement smooth.

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Ring Weekend, the horse - Photo by Laura Battles
Ring Weekend (left) with his pal, Nicanor

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Ring Weekend, the horse - Photo by Laura Battles

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Ring Weekend, the horse - Photo by Laura Battles

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The “Ring Weekend” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

The "Ring Weekend" Hat modeled by A - Photo by Laura Battles
Jane McClaren modeling
The “Ring Weekend” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

With a message from Old Friends...

As many of you may know, racing journalist Acacia Courtney has graciously modeled the Derby-style hats on the auction block in our “Hats off to the Horses” series. And we are so grateful to her. But this month, we thought, who better to impart the true spirit of Old Friends and the distinct personalities of our beloved retirees than the hard-working ladies who care for them every day. So this month’s hat is dedicated to Ring Weekend and tour guide and volunteer, Jane McClaren who helps Old Friends with the thousands of guests that visit the farm annually.”

"Ring Weekend loves his visitors, and our visitors love Ring Weekend. It helps that he is handsome, debonair, with 1.5 million in earnings!" ~ Jane McClaren

Thank you to Jane McClaren for modeling for us and to Laura Battles for her stunning images of Jane and Ring Weekend.

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The Rosie Signature Hat Collection

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A very special ongoing hat collaboration with retired jockey Rosie Napravnik to benefit Old Friends of KY!

The Rosie Signature Hat Collection

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