Faraway Farm Guestbook


Faraway Farm Guestbook


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Photograph of a visitor signing the guestbook for the American Thoroughbred Man o' War at Faraway Farm in 1929.

Man o’ War was moved to Faraway Farm in 1922, and he spent the remainder of his life there. For much of the year, Faraway Farm received visitors eager to see Man o’ War every day. Many of these visitors signed the stud barn guest book, and estimates suggest Man o’ War received more than 1.5 million visitors over the course of his 25 years at Faraway.

Newspaper headlines from around the world heralded Man o’ War (1917-1947) as “matchless,” the “wonder horse,” a “speed miracle,” and “peerless.”

After winning 20 of his 21 races, Man o’ War, owned by Samuel D. Riddle and trained by Louis Feustel, retired to stud duty in Kentucky. He was the leading North American sire in 1926. He remained a prominent Kentucky tourist attraction during his retirement years, and his funeral was broadcast live across the country.

Man o' War's statue and remains at the Kentucky Horse Park continue to draw thousands of visitors to the Bluegrass every year. A century after his birth, he is still ranked by many as the greatest American racehorse.


Bert Clark Thayer




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Bert Clark Thayer, “Faraway Farm Guestbook,” The Keeneland Library, accessed March 17, 2018, http://keenelandlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/416.

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