Old Friends: Visits with My Favorite Thoroughbreds


When famous racehorses retire from the track, some remain in the spotlight while others eventually fade into obscurity. But the fondness that racing fans feel for some of these horses never dies.

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When famous racehorses retire from the track, some remain in the spotlight while others eventually fade into obscurity. But the fondness that racing fans feel for some of these horses never dies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581500837
  • Publisher: Eclipse Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 10.74 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Livingston first began photographing Thoroughbed racing in the early 1970s when she visited Saratoga Race Course and is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in fine arts. She has received two Eclipse Awards for her outstanding photography, and her work has been featured in books such as Old Friends, More Old Friends, and Barbara Livingston's Saratoga. Her work has also appeared in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, The Blood-Horse, Newsweek, People, and on the cover of TV Guide.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Affirmed 8
All Along 12
Alleged 14
Allegretta (GB) 16
Angel Island 18
Bargain Day 20
Basket Weave 24
Blue Ensign 27
Brown Bess 29
Calumet Mares 32
Chinook Pass 35
Chris Evert 39
Christmas Past 42
Coral Dance/Smart Heiress 44
Cormorant 47
Cozzene 51
Creme Fraiche 54
Dahlia 56
Dance Forth 58
Danzig 61
Darby Dan Mares 65
Deputed Testamony 67
Deputy Minister 70
Derry Meeting Mares 73
Dr. Blum 77
Dr. Patches 79
Fanfreluche 82
Flatterer 87
Freetex 91
Greentree "Gashouse Gang" 95
Gato Del Sol 98
Genuine Risk 100
Glowing Tribute 102
Halo 105
Horatius 107
Island Whirl 110
John Henry 112
King's Swan 115
Kris S. 120
Life's Magic 123
Little Bold John 125
Little Current 128
Lord Gaylord 131
Mac Diarmida 133
Majesty's Prince 135
My Juliet 137
Near East 140
Northern Baby 142
Northern Sunset (Ire) 144
Our Mims 147
Our Native 151
Pam the Ruler 155
Pleasant Colony 157
Proud Birdie 160
Raise a Man 162
Raja Baba 164
Rockhill Native 167
Sans Supplement 169
Seattle Slew 171
Shelter Half 175
Silver Buck 177
Six Crowns 179
Smarten 181
Son of Briartic 183
Spectacular Bid 185
Star de Naskra 189
Stay Out Front 191
Stop the Music 196
Thirty Flags/Nasrahni Native 198
Timeless Moment 201
Valid Appeal 204
Vanderbilt Mares 207
Viva Sec/Water Lily 212
Wajima 215
Waya (Fr) 217
Wayward Lass 219
Zuppardo's Prince 221
Acknowledgments 223
About the Author 224
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2003


    For anyone who has recently read the very sad, depressing news about the tragic death of the Kentucky Derby winner, Ferdinand--Ms. Livingston's beautiful book 'Old Friends' is a must! How heartwarming it is to read about how these magnificant animals are so well-treated, loved and respected in their waning years. I was so glad to have learned about this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2002


    Old Friends is a wonderful book. Barbara Livingston is a great photographer and terrific writer. When you read the stories about each horse, you feel as if you are there, and what she writes is very emotional. She definitely deserves an award for this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2002

    Excellent! Can I give it extra stars?

    I love my copy of OLD FRIENDS. Barbara's love and respect for these horses is so evident. The pictures are wonderful. One picture of Water Lily and Viva Sec with their caretakers is described as looking like "teenage girls with their prized show ponies" and it does look that way. Smiles and love all around. (Why do we loves these horses so?) I have visited Lexington a number of times and have seen some of these horses. One of my favorites is Cozzene who Barbara writes about. She noted how easy he was to photograph. I saw that first hand. One of my pictures of him is with Cozzene in front of a group of about 30 people. However, I am the one with the camera and he is looking at me and posing away like a body builder in the Mr. Universe pagent (Cozzene looks like you expect a stud to look like.) As Barbara said "He knew I was photographing him. I was certain of it." Me too. Cozzene posed just as heartily the second time I saw him. I was very pleased to see Pleasant Colony doing well as I had seen him at Lane's End and feel he is a grand old man. Seeing handsome Affirmed was bittersweet since I do miss him. I also visited Gato Del Sol and am proud that the Hancocks brought him back to the United States to assure his safe retirement. As I page through the book and see the next name, the memories of that horse come back to me, Bid, Dahlia, Genuine Risk, Star de Naskr, the once horse-napped Fanfreluche, Brown Bess with her foal and the ReRun rescue Our Mims, Alydar's sister. The stories are heartfelt and a joy. The pictures are wonderful and the book is a treasure. If you follow horse racing at all and love horses you will enjoy this book. I imagine Barbara will win another Eclipse award (an equine award) for this and she certainly should. She is able to capture that intangible "thing" about horses that makes some of us love them so very much. Thanks Barbara for such a lovely book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2002

    A "MUST" book for horse lovers

    For anyone who loves thoroughbred racing, few things are more exciting than a day at their favorite track, and few things are more rewarding than seeing their favorite horse in the winner¿s circle. Whether it¿s a $5,000 claiming horse or a million dollar, Grade 1 winner, the thrill is the same. Many fans become attached to their favorite horse or horses. But what happens when these horses can no longer race? Where do they go, who cares for them, what kind of lives do they lead? Eclipse award winning photographer Barbara Livingston has spent years traveling across the country, trying to answer these questions. The result is her latest book, entitled 'Old Friends, Visits with My Favorite Thoroughbreds.' Published by Eclipse Press, it¿s a magnificent tribute to horses we have loved, rooted for, and in many cases, have now forgotten. As the title implies, the 90 horses featured are Ms. Livingston¿s favorites, but after you read this book, they will become your favorites, too. The format of the book is well thought out and beautifully executed. Horses are listed alphabetically, making it easier for the reader to find a personal favorite. Some of the horses included are very famous (Seattle Slew, Affirmed), some are lesser known (Kris S, Dahlia), and many are known only to the most ardent racing fans. All are treated with affection, respect and even reverence. As always, Barbara Livingston¿s photographs are brilliant, but it¿s her stories that make Old Friends unique. She has included each horse¿s pedigree, and tells each horse¿s personal story. We also learn about the people who care for these horses, people whose devotion and dedication make it possible for each thoroughbred to live out his or her life in dignity. Sadly, some of these horses are no longer with us, but thanks to Ms. Livingston, they will live forever in our minds and in our hearts. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves horses and/or horse racing, and I would especially recommend it to anyone who wants to learn why people become so attached to these wonderful animals. I¿m sure there are many more `seniors¿ out there, and I, for one, can¿t wait for Old Friends, Part Two.

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