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Old Friends Farm owner thanks racing community

The medical barn was a complete loss after the fire. (Source: WLEX) The medical barn was a complete loss after the fire. (Source: WLEX)

LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) – Almost one month after a retirement home for horses caught fire the owner and founder is thanking the racing community for stepping up during his time of need.

In January, Old Friends Farm owner Michael Blowen’s medical barn caught fire with two horses inside. Luckily, both horses made it out without a scratch, but the barn was lost in the blaze.

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Since then donations from several breeders, owners and jockeys have been made to help Blowen rebuild.

“When people in horse racing found out about this barn fire. They really, really came up big,” Blowen said. “It's just an example of how generous people in the horse racing community can really be.”

Thanks to the donations, construction can begin in a few weeks. Blowen said he doesn't care what the new barn looks like as long as it is as safe and fire-proof.

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