•Online Halter Auction to Benefit Old Friends, 9/28•
Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky., will launch a special eBay online fundraiser called "Halter-Palooza," beginning at approximately 8 p.m. (EST) Monday, Sept. 28.
According to Old Friends, the sale will offer a selection of collectible stallion and broodmare halters, many from champions that have passed away and from champions now retired at Old Friends.
The auction will end Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.
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The Old Friends residents whose halters will be offered include Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Silver Charm and Sgt. Bert, who set a course record for 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Keeneland in the 2006 Woodford Stakes.
Other horses whose halters are being auctioned include Take Charge Lady, Horse Greeley , Purim, Precisionist, Taylor's Special, Marquetry, Flying Pidgeon, Artax, and Bonnie's Poker, the dam of Silver Charm and one of the first Old Friends retirees.
All proceeds from the auction will go to Old Friends, a 501(c) not-for-profit that cares for about 150 retired Thoroughbreds.
•LA Downs: Ackels, Eramia headed for titles, 9/17•
The brothers George Ackel III and Adam Ackel will win their second straight owner title at Louisiana Downs when the meet ends on Saturday. They are competing this year as Extreme Racing Stables in partnership with Gabe Corchiani. Jonas Gibson trains for the group and said that following the meet the stable will head to Fair Grounds. Gibson was second to Karl Broberg in the trainer standings going into the race week on Wednesday.
Richard Eramia has locked up the Louisiana Downs riding title over Don Simington.
Erica Murray, an apprentice who had a strong Louisiana Downs meet, said she will be getting on horses in Kentucky after the meet. Murray will ride this winter at Fair Grounds and is to be represented by Fred Aime. She turned 18 on Sept. 10.