Old Friends Receives New Fundraising Technologies from Sportech Racing // Digital

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Georgetown, KY – The non-profit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center has a new way for farm visitors to show their support, while also bringing home a fun and meaningful souvenir.  Sportech Racing // Digital is donating its services and a specialized version of the BetJet SL 2.5 betting terminal to Old Friends.  Rather than accepting bets, however, these terminals accept donations for horse care.

The terminals – installed at the Old Friends locations in Georgetown, KY, at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, KY, and at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division in New York – are programmed to mimic the process of pari-mutuel betting.  Farm visitors enter a donation amount, select a “race” from a special card composed by Old Friends, and then pick their win or exacta “bets”.  The terminal collects the cash donation and prints a souvenir ticket, so donors take home a ticket with their selections from a field made up of the luminaries of thoroughbred racing who now reside at Old Friends.  

Michael Blowen, President and Founder of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Centers, commented, “We are very happy to be able to offer visitors to Old Friends a fun new way to make a donation, while also giving them a token of their visit.  It may be just a fantasy to have an exacta with War Emblem and Silver Charm, but it is a great way to remember a day spent with these amazing champions”.

Michele Fischer, Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Sportech Racing // Digital said, “When we were approached by Old Friends to help them carry out their vision for this fund raising concept, we were very happy to help.  Old Friends is doing vital work in the area of Thoroughbred retirement, and we at Sportech are pleased to offer our technologies and services in support of their mission”.  

About Old Friends 

Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for more than 155 retired racehorses. It's Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has a satellite facility in Greenfield Center, N.Y., Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division and at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, KY. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.

About Sportech Racing // Digital:
Sportech Racing // Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, is a leading global provider of wagering technology solutions to licensed racetracks, off-track betting networks, Internet wagering operators and casinos.  Sportech’s footprint is truly international in scope.  The company is a leading provider in North, Central and South America and in the Caribbean, and is the dominant independent provider of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services in Europe.  In addition to the software, hardware and services that facilitate land-based pari-mutuel wagering, the division provides customized Internet, phone and mobile technologies and services as one of the largest digital wagering technology providers and operators in the U.S.  Through the Bump 50:50 division, Sportech Racing and Digital now provides technologies and services to allow charitable foundations affiliated with professional sports teams to design, manage, execute, and promote 50/50 raffle programs.  For more information about Sportech Racing // Digital, please visit www.sportech.net.

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