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WinStar Farm, Versailles

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Farm · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
WinStar Farm is an American Thoroughbred horse breeding and racing farm near Versailles, Kentucky. It stands several notable stallions, including Tiznow, Distorted Humor and Pioneerof the Nile, sire of American Pharoah. It has also raced several notable horses, including Super Saver, winner of the 2010 Kentucky Derby; Drosselmeyer, winner of the 2010 Belmont Stakes; and Creator, winner of the 2016 Belmont Stakes. WinStar Farm won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Owner in 2010 and was won the Outstanding Breeder award in 2016.
The core of the property was Silver Pool Farm, a 450acre farm settled in the late 1700s by the Williams family from the Tidewater area of Virginia, which remained in that family for over 150 years. The area was first surveyed in 1788 and the original Silver Pool farm was settled by Daniel Williams, a descendant of Roger Williams. His wife, Mary, was a relative of Andrew Jackson. The couple were among the founders of the local Baptist Church. Their sons Daniel and John went on to own the Silver Pool property and it was used for raising livestock and for manufacturing products from hemp. John's grandson, Claude S. Williams, also lived there and was known as a successful and "locally prominent" farmer and stockman. The farm was known to have been owned by the Williams family at least through the 1930s.
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  • We truly enjoyed our experience of being close and up personal to these famous stallions. Winstar is a gorgeous place as are the stallions. Our guide was enthusiastic about her job, very...  more »
  • This is a beautiful farm! Loved the tour and our guide was wonderful! We were allowed to meet Super Saver up close. My favorite part was meeting the other stallions in the barn. Our guide told us....  more »
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  • The farm itself is "out of a novel". There are rolling hills and hundreds of the most beautiful horses on the planet. Our tour guides were friendly and highly knowledgeable - and open to absolutely any question. Nothing was out of bounds. We learned a lot and had a very good time.
  • We took the extended shuttle tour of WinStar, and it was superb. We got to see the fields with the mares and babies, and got an appreciation of the scope of a working horse farm. We got to see the stallion barn and meet and take pictures with Carpe Diem, as well as seeing and taking pictures of other stallions in their stalls. We would go back again in a heartbeat.

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