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Old Friends announces death of Derby winner War Emblem

Posted: 12:57 PM, Mar 11, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-11 12:58:46-04
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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem has passed away, according to Old Friends Equine confirms.

War Emblem was a spirited American Thoroughbred who claimed two spokes of the triple crown race in 2002 with jockey Victor Espinoza at the reins. The horse had just celebrated his 21st birthday.

War Emblem spent his final days at the Old Friends retirement farm. He was found deceased early early Wednesday morning.

"He was tough, narcissistic, bold, and handsome. I adored him," said Old Friends's Michael Blowen. "The farm will recover from his loss over time. But it’ll never be the same.”