Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold, the horse famous for denying Silver Charm the Triple Crown in 1997, has been retired to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement center in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the announcement Dec. 21.
The 21-year-old stallion comes to Old Friends from Adena Springs in Paris, Kentucky, and has been donated by Adena owner Frank Stronach, along with an endowment. In October, Old Friends also accepted the Stronach-owned Alphabet Soup.
Sired by Deputy Minister out of the Buckpasser mare Passing Mood, Touch Gold began his career in Canada with trainer Daniel J. Vella. He came to United States as a 3-year-old and was campaigned by David Hofmans. In the U.S. Touch Gold won the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland. Not entered in the Kentucky Derby, he ran fourth in Preakness Stakes after a troubled trip and a suffering a hoof injury.
In the Belmont, Touch Gold ended Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm’s Triple Crown bid when he went wide and surged ahead to catch the favorite in the closing yards. Silver Charm was repatriated from Japan in 2014 and is also now pensioned at Old Friends.
Touch Gold went on the capture the Haskell Invitational before retiring with 15 starts, 6 wins and career earnings of $1,679,907.
As a sire, Touch Gold is well-represented by four Grade I winners including, Royal Challenger who won the Breeders’ Stake