Old Friends Stakes Winner Get Western Arrives

GEORGETOWN, KY – OCT. 13, 2022 – Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY., has welcomed a new retiree, Get Western.

The winner of the final running of the Old Friends Stakes, the son of Get Stormy out of Marquetessa—a daughter of Old Friends retiree Marquetry—broke his maiden as a 3-year-old at Churchill Downs for trainer Charles LoPresti and owner Ward C. Pitfield.

The following year the dark bay gelding captured his one and only black type start, the $150,000 Old Friends Stakes, which was run over the turf oval at Kentucky Downs until 2019.

The “Win for Life” contest guaranteed him placement at Old Friends upon retiring from racing.

Eventually transferred to J. Reeve McGaughey’s barn, Get Western’s last race was at Turfway Park in February of 2022.

He was transferred to the Secretariat Center, located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY., for retraining and rehoming but soundness issues prevented his embarking on a second career.

He finished his racing career with four wins from 21 starts and career earnings of $289,641.

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