May 4, 2018

A heartbroken goodbye to little Winston who died at Park Equine Hospital due to a stomach infection. In his brief time with us, Winston was patient, kind, friendly and sweet natured. We wish so much we could have shared many years with him.

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Long a star at the Kentucky Derby Museum, Winston provided companionship for two decades to a series of retired racehorses residing at the Museum’s stable, including Phantom on Tour who ran in Silver Charm’s 1997 Derby, Perfect Drift who finished third in War Emblem’s 2002 running, and during a visit a few years ago, 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.

But Winston was no second fiddle. He had plenty of achievements in his own right, including throwing the first pitch at a Louisville Bats game, performing proposals in his “Will You Marry Me?” blanket, and handicapping Derby results for Churchill Downs. Time to retire coincided with an expansion of the Kentucky Derby Museum into the area formerly occupied by that organization’s stable, and Old Friends was honored to provide what we hoped would be a longtime home and new fun meeting and greeting his fans in retirement.

You could tell Winston enjoyed being led out by Michael or others of us to be admired, petted and loved on by visitors. He already knew all there was to know about being adored. He and Little Silver Charm enjoyed being grazed together, he was gentle with children and friendly to all.

Winston will be greatly missed by many, not just this Derby season but always.

Beth

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4 responses to “May 4, 2018

  1. Joseph Posillico

    So sorry for your loss.

  2. Amy Gulbrandson

    This was such sad news and we are so sorry for your (and our) loss….we were so hoping to meet this sweet little guy on our next visit to Old Friends. Thank you all for providing such a loving home and happy times for him these last few months. ❤️

  3. Carol Hay

    I’m so sorry! He was a cutie and a real asset to the farm. How sad his time was so short.

    On Fri, May 4, 2018 at 10:22 AM, Old Friends Blog wrote:

    > oldfriendsblog posted: “A heartbroken goodbye to little Winston who died > at Park Equine Hospital due to a stomach infection. In his brief time with > us, Winston was patient, kind, friendly and sweet natured. We wish so much > we could have shared many years with him. Long a star a” >

  4. Kathie Balfour

    Sadness. He was soooo very cute. Winston was loved. That’s what counts. Thank you Old Friends for caring so much for him and about him.

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