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Old Friends Initiates Sculpture Honoring Medina Spirit

The sculpture will be crafted by renowned artist Kiptoo Tarus.

Medina Spirit

Medina Spirit

Anne M. Eberhardt

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY., this week initiated construction on a distinct equine sculpture by renowned artist Kiptoo Tarus.

The sculpture, sponsored by the Baffert family, will be crafted from the dying stump of the nearly 100-year Sycamore tree on the farm's property, and will pay tribute to graded stakes winner Medina Spirit, whose remains are buried at Old Friends.

When it was discovered that the aged Sycamore was dying despite numerous efforts to save it, the idea for a sculpture came into place.

The largest deciduous tree in the eastern United States, Sycamore trees can grow 75 to 100 feet tall with a similar spread, and even taller under ideal conditions. The trunk may be as much as 10 feet in diameter. 

Work on the sculpture began August 16 and is expected to be completed in a few weeks. The farm will hold an open house/press event for an official unveiling.

"I hope to capture the essence of a great racehorse here in the heart of Thoroughbred country," said the artist. 

"We are so excited to be able to showcase the magnificent work of Kiptoo and to honor a great Thoroughbred champion," said Old Friends President Michael Blowen.

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