I arrived back in Portland very late (11:58pm) on Saturday after spending 11 hours getting back across the country. But I had one more stop to make before leaving Kentucky: Old Friends.

There are no words to describe how wonderful this place is. They are devoted to taking the unwanted Thoroughbreds from the racing industry (industry being the key term) and caring for them until the end. Injured, pensioned, or just slow, they take as many as they can.

Not only that, they let the public come see them. I petted Sarava (Belmont Stakes winner) and saw Gulch, favorite American racehorse of the Queen of England. I got a picture taken with the horse that played Seabiscuit and viewed the last living son of Secretariat.

It was an awesome experience.