Thoroughbreds remembered at Memorial Day service in Kentucky

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) – The final "call to post" was played for 11 thoroughbreds honored at a Memorial Day service in Kentucky horse country.

The horses died in the past year after being retired to Old Friends farm Some were racetrack winners and descended from such racing royalty as Seattle Slew and Foolish Pleasure. Others were also-rans saved from the slaughterhouse.

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On a day when loved ones and military veterans are remembered, dozens of people paid tribute to their four-legged friends in a state that prides itself as the world’s horse capital.

Each horse was eulogized, remembered for their personalities and quirks as much as for their racing careers. Those honored included Prized, a past Breeders’ Cup Turf race winner.

The farm’s most famous resident, Silver Charm, watched from a nearby paddock.