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WinStar Farm, Versailles

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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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  • Seeing so many great stallions was incredible. Distorted Humor was a great thrill for me to see. Our guide went out of her way to show us as many horses as possible. 
    Seeing so many great stallions was incredible. Distorted Humor was a great thrill for me to see. Our guide went out of her way to show us as many horses as possible.  more »
  • We toured the stallion farm and actually had the wonderful honor of reaching out to touch the should of the magnificent stallion Constitution. This was my second visit to WinStar Farm and it was... 
    We toured the stallion farm and actually had the wonderful honor of reaching out to touch the should of the magnificent stallion Constitution. This was my second visit to WinStar Farm and it was...  more »
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  • Loved this place! They took you through the barns and answered all your questions. You got a complete your in a shuttle of the whole farm. Got to meet and greet one of the Stallions up close and personal. Viewed all the rest in their stalls. Great place to visit and see some well cared for racehorses.
  • Not a lot of farms in the Lexington area are open in February and we didn’t have a lot of options to see very many. I stumbled across WinStar while trying to book tours for my family and we were all pleasantly surprised how informative and fun it was. The tour guide who is from South Africa was great! She was full of energy, informed, and out going. She’s proud to be a part of the farm and she seemed to genuinely love the relationships she had with the horses. I would recommend making a stop here. It was nice to hear about the stallion aspect of breeding. My only complaint about this tour was that it only takes place at one barn. You don’t get the opportunity to see what the grounds of the farm looks like. ***This tour paired well with the tour at Mill Ridge which goes in-depth of the mare side.

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