Articles: Press Release
Stage Colony, 22, Euthanized at Old Friends
Cynthia Grisolia, (347) 423-7322, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Michael Blowen (502) 863 1775, email@example.com
GEORGETOWN, KYFEBRUARY 24, 2008 Stage Colony, a son of Kentucky Derby and
Preakness winner Pleasant Colony, was humanely euthanized at Old Friends,
the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility based in Georgetown, KY, on February 15
due to complications from colic. He was 22.
Owners Edmond and Sharon Hudon retired their beloved champion to Old Friends
in November of last year. Prior to that he stood at Doug Arnolds Buck Pond
Farm near Versailles, KY.
Stage Colony, a multiple graded stakes winner of over $300,000, sired 15
runners that have won or placed in stakes. They include multiple stakes
winners Black Bart and Stage Player as well as South African champion
We had been out to Old Friends on a tour, says Sharon Hudon of how Stage
Colony came to Old Friends. Michael Blowen [president and founder] is one
of the few that takes retired stallionsand were lucky there is some place
Stage Colony could have certainly stayed at Buck Pond, they would have made
provisions for us, adds Hudon. But at Old Friends we knew that he would get
a lot of attention from all the visitors there every day and lots of treats,
and thats what we wanted for him. At Michaels hed be a star.
The Hudons visited Stage Colony nearly once a week. Its very sad, noted
Sharon of her horses passing, but weve been in the horse business a long
time, and we know this is, unfortunately, what happens sometimes.
Were very sad to have lost one of our newest friends, said Blowen. The
Hudons are wonderful people and we cant thank them enough for allowing Stage
Colony to spend his final days here. Every horse should be that fortunate,
to be cared for with the devotion they showed him.
A mid-March memorial service will be planned. For more information please
contact Old Friends at (502) 863 1775.
Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that is home to more
than 30 retired racehorses. Its Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY,
is open to tourists daily by appointment. For more information on tours,
reservations at the Old Friends B&B, or to make a donation, contact the farm
at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.