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Old Friends president Michael Blowen: "thrilled" to have Gulch at the farm

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Old Friends welcomes Gulch as new resident

GULCH, who was retired from stud duty at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky earlier this year because of declining fertility, has been transferred to Old Friends near Georgetown in Kentucky.

The 25-year-old son ofMr. Prospector joins his son, Grade 1 winner Wallenda, as well as champions Black Tie Affair, The Wicked North, Hidden Lake and Sunshine Forever at the retirement facility.

"When Lane's End announced Gulch's retirement, I called the farm and explained we would be thrilled to have him," said Old Friends founder and president, Michael Blowen. "I know his legion of fans would love to visit him here. Lane's End has its lovely facility and a professional staff to give Gulch a great home, but we're overjoyed that he's coming.

"Lane's End has contributed significantly to Old Friends ever since we started," Blowen continued, "but Gulch is one of the greatest contributions we've ever received. It'll be great to have him in a paddock next to Commentator."

Bill Farish of Lane's End said: "Gulch has had a long and wonderful career here. We wanted to make sure that he was well taken care of in his retirement and we thought our nearby neighbour Old Friends would be a great place for him.

"He was a horse that was well known to the public having been through the Triple Crown trail and having been a top 2-year-old and a champion sprinter. He was a horse that people always wanted to see. Plus, he's kind of a ham, and he will enjoy the attention immensely."

Gulch was rated the champion sprinter of 1988, the year in which he won the Breeders' Cup Sprint. He also won the Grade 1 Wood Memorial Invitational, Grade 1 Futurity Stakes, Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes, Grade 1 Carter Handicap and consecutive runnings of the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap. He retired with 13 wins and earnings of $3,095,521.

To date, Gulch is the sire of over 70 stakes winners including Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch, 1,000 Guineas heroine Harayir and multiple Group 1 winner and successful European sire Nayef.

 

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