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Portraits in 'Old Friends' book pay tribute to retired thoroughbreds

Portraits in 'Old Friends' book pay tribute to retired thoroughbreds

For a fan of horse racing and its equine athletes, Michael Blowen’s view outside his window each day at sunrise borders on the surreal.

Out behind the house in rural Kentucky stands the most handsome of stallions — a 24-year-old whose gray coat with small black flecks brings back warm memories to so many.

Silver Charm became racing royalty when the Bob Baffert trainee captured the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 1997 before coming up three-quarters of a length short of seizing the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.

Silver Charm went on to a stud career that included a stay in Japan, and he returned to his native state in 2015 as a donation by owner Beverly Lewis....

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