02/27/2014 6:40PM

Drawing Away Stable, David Jacobson make donation to Old Friends

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Horses retired by Drawing Away Stable and trainer David Jacobson will have a home at Old Friends, a retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky., following an agreement reached this week.

Drawing Away and Jacobson will make a one-time donation of $25,000 – $12,500 apiece – to Old Friends to help build a paddock on property leased by Old Friends that is adjacent to its existing facility. The paddock will have the red and blue colors of Drawing Away’s silks as well as a plaque with Jacobson’s name on it and will house as many as 10 horses whom Jacobson and Drawing Away could retire to the facility.

Jacobson and Drawing Away also will contribute $50 apiece per win to Old Friends. Last year, Drawing Away won 90 races, with all of its winners trained by Jacobson.

“It’s always an issue what to do with the horses when they’re done racing,” said Ed Boden, managing partner of Drawing Away. “I don’t like giving horses away or selling them cheap because you don’t know what happens. We have a responsibility to the partners. I want closure. When David feels like they’re done racing, we’re going to give them a good home.”

Boden said Drawing Away could retire as many as 10 horses a year to the facility but added, “I hope I don’t have 10 horses that have to be retired.”

“I’ve been trying for 10 years to set up a Social Security system for these horses,” said Michael Blowen, founder of Old Friends. “I know it’s good for us, I hope it’s good for David and Drawing Away, and I know it’ll be great for these horses.”

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Blowen said the paddock could be ready in about three weeks.

Two of Jacobson’s previous runners – Ball Four and Tour of the Cat – are at Old Friends. Jacobson said he hopes this program will inspire “other owners and trainers to follow us in what we’re doing.”
 

Karan Kees More than 1 year ago
DAS you are the example of good owners :) Thanks for all your help in WA State I wish the owners here would follow your lead. KK
Emily Day More than 1 year ago
While I commend the donation to Old Friends, I would caution all readers to do some quick math here to enlighten them as to the reality of the situation facing horse rescues/retirement farms. The donation of $25k is supposed to cover fencing for a field that can pasture 10 horses. That is a minimum 30 acre field to be fenced. Depending on the fencing, I would say it is going to cost no less than $15k to fence that with American wire. That leaves $10k to care for 10 horses. A conservative estimate to keep a horse with absolutely no medical issues or interventions for a year is $1,500. That does not include paying employees, land taxes, etc. So the remaining 10k will not even cover more than 6 perfectly healthy horses on pasture and hay only, for one year. Retired horses often live into their 20's and even 30's. Do the math. This is not to discourage people from donating as David and his owners have done, but it is meant as a reality check for those who have never really thought about the implications, in terms of financial resources, not to mention land resources, that are necessary to care for these animals after their glory days are over. Please give, and give often. And if you are someone fortunate enough to own racehorses, plan financially for their retirement with your eyes wide open about what it costs to do so. They are fabulous animals and racing is an exciting and wonderful sport, but the athletes we center our sport around are not disposable. Life goes on for them, we hope, even when we move on to the next 2 year old.
Judith Smith More than 1 year ago
This is great but I don't know why he is credited with Ball Four and Tour of the Cat being at Old Friends as I am fairly certain he was not one of the many, many people that went to bat and footed the bill to get these horses off the track and to Old Friends.
Mary Adkins-Matthews More than 1 year ago
I know he helped with Ball Four for sure and was instrumental in his retirement.
Ruth Stone More than 1 year ago
Everyone who ownes, breeds racehorses should make donations to care for these wonderful, beautiful animals when they are done racing. It IS our obligation to do this,no question.
fannetti More than 1 year ago
I hope David is right. His generous donation to Old Friends inspires other trainers and owners to follow. Is there any more worthwhile program in Thoroughbred racing? Tip of the cap to you David.
fannetti More than 1 year ago
I certainly hope David is right and his generous donation to Old Friends inspires other Owners and Trainers to do the same. Is there any more worthwhile program in Thoroughbred racing?
kimmons2 More than 1 year ago
What Great people! May God Bless all of them for doing the right thing and putting there money with there mouth is!! I am so thankful for the horses, knowing they have such a great place to go at Old Friends!!!
Maggie Knowles More than 1 year ago
Wonderful the horses thank you.
Susan Crane-Sundell More than 1 year ago
Wow maybe Jacobson is beginning to see the light. It certainly isn't before time. All of us in NY are still monitoring his claimed horses their brutal race schedules and following his vet scratches. But this may keep a few of his castoffs out of New Holland and other terribly dubious ends. We also have an Old Friends-The Bobby Frankel Branch here in Greenville NY. They are struggling too. Hopefully Mr. Jacobson will be able to give them a hand. The volunteers work tirelessly there as well and Will's Way and all the other Saratoga Stars there could use his support. I hope that this is the beginning of a fresh start for Drawing Away and Jacobson. Their horses deserve a safe landing and I want to cautiously believe that they may have become enlightened.
Connie Hampton More than 1 year ago
If you care so much to write a comment, write a check and take the time to see if the money is really being spent on the horses. The problem with some of these places is that they us it as a scam.
Susan Crane-Sundell More than 1 year ago
Wow maybe Jacobson is beginning to see the light. It certainly isn't before time. All of us in NY are still monitoring his claimed horses their brutal race schedules and following his vet scratches. But this may keep a few of his castoffs out of New Holland and other terribly dubious ends. We also have an Old Friends-The Bobby Frankel Branch here in Greenville NY. They are struggling too. Hopefully Mr. Jacobson will be able to give them a hand. The volunteers work tirelessly there as well and Will's Way and all the other Saratoga Stars there could use his support. I hope that this is the beginning of a fresh start for Drawing Away and Jacobson. Their horses deserve a safe landing and I want to cautiously believe that they may have become enlightened.
Deborah Jones More than 1 year ago
With DJ still calling the shots nothing much has changed!