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Old Friends farm, home of Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm, broken into and robbed

Silver Charm, being held by Sandy Hatfield, stood before fans during an open house at Old Friends Farm, 1841 Paynes Depot Rd, near Georgetown, Ky., Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Silver Charm, the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, has been retired to Old Farms, a farm for retired thoroughbreds. Today was the first chance fans had to see him at his new home. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Silver Charm, being held by Sandy Hatfield, stood before fans during an open house at Old Friends Farm, 1841 Paynes Depot Rd, near Georgetown, Ky., Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Silver Charm, the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, has been retired to Old Farms, a farm for retired thoroughbreds. Today was the first chance fans had to see him at his new home. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, home of Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm, was broken into on Thursday night. Thieves apparently removed the front door of the office building and ransacked it.

"We're just so outraged that anyone would do this to a charity," said Cynthia Grisolia of Old Friends. "They went thru every piece of paper ... every drawer was opened and ransacked."

She said that the many horses at the facility don't appear to have been disturbed.

The thieves stole a TV, broke a cash register and took petty cash, and stole the charity's checks.

The Scott County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft, she said.

"Stealing is bad enough, but really, from a charity? Every dime is important," Grisolia said. "It's just the mess they created and how frightening it is."

Including a satellite facility in New York, Old Friends supports more than 150 horses, many former racehorses. To make a contribution to the farm, call (502) 863-1775 or via PayPal at oldfriendsequine.org.

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