Lava Man helps out Old Friends during retirement
CALIFORNIA'S favourite racehorse Lava Man, the ex-claimer who went on to earn millions, will spend his retirement days at theOld Friends retirement facility near Georgetown, Kentucky.
Winner of 20 of his 46 starts, including three consecutive runnings of the Hollywood Gold Cup, Lava Man earned some $5.26 million, most of it after being claimed by trainer Doug O'Neill for $50,000.
"The attention and notice a superstar like Lava Man brings to our organisation is multi-fold," said Edward Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends.
"It's the champions that attract tourism and donations. In turn that helps us care for the geldings and many mares we have also retired that are not bold-type. We're really looking forward to meeting Lava Man's many admirers here at the farm."