Kharafa joins Lubash and King Kreesa at Old Friends in Georgetown

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Kharafa arrives at Old Friends
(Old Friend Farm Photos)

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, KY., today announced the arrival of New York-bred multiple stakes winner and multiple graded stakes-placed runner Kharafa.

He completes the triumvirate of New York-bred turf stars at the farm, joining Lubash and King Kreesa, whose storied rivalry thrilled their fans in New York and beyond over the years.

Trained by Timothy Hill for owners Paul Braverman and Timothy Pinch, New York-bred warrior Kharafa finished out his career after 52 starts in eight seasons.  A star of the NYRA circuit, Kharafa captured multiple runnings of the Ashley T. Cole Stakes and the Kingston Stakes at Belmont Park as well as Aqueduct’s Three Coins Up Stakes.

This August the 9-year-old was the unexpected star of Saratoga’s New York Showcase Day after capturing the $150,000 West Point Stakes to the delight of his fans.  The win brought Kharafa’s career earnings to $1,238, 622.

Since 2013, Kharafa had become a huge fan favorite thanks to a sensational rivalry with fellow state-bred turfers Lubash and King Kreesa. As fate would have it, all three are now retired at Old Friends in Georgetown.

“It’s a banner day here,” said Old Friends founder Michael Blowen. “[I]t’s such a thrill to reunite Kharafa with his famous rivals. We hope all their fans will come to visit them,”

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