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Lava Man, a seven-time Grade 1 winner, will arrive at the Old Friends equine retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky., in March, and the farm will host a public welcome party for him on April 2, according to an Old Friends newsletter. Tickets to the Lava Man Luau, including food music, and photo opportunities, will cost $75 (or $50 for Old Friends members and shareholders) and can be ordered from Old Friends at (502) 863-1775. . . . Mill Ridge Farm of Lexington. Ky., has hired Mike Recio, formerly of Taylor Made Farm and Adena Springs, as its sales and stallion director. Recio, the son of Ocala horseman Bill Recio, had worked in sales and client development at Taylor Made and with stallions at Adena.