Farma Way

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Farma Way
Sire Marfa
Grandsire Foolish Pleasure
Dam Fine Tribute
Damsire Diplomat Way
Sex Stallion
Foaled April 2 1987[1]
Country United States
Colour Dark Brown
Breeder Mr. & Mrs. C. D. Callaway III
Owner Quarter B Farm
Trainer Neil Boyce
D. Wayne Lukas
Record 23: 8-5-1
Earnings $2,897,175
Major wins
Baldwin Stakes (1990)
Santa Anita Handicap (1991)
Pimlico Special (1991)
San Antonio Handicap (1991)
San Pasqual Handicap (1991)
San Carlos Handicap (1991)
Last updated on January 24, 2010

Farma Way (April 2 1987 – November 18, 1999) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse and sire foaled in Kentucky. As a four-year-old in 1991 he was one of the leading racehorses in North America, winning the Santa Anita Handicap, Pimlico Special, San Antonio Handicap, San Pasqual Handicap and San Carlos Handicap.


Farma Way was a brown horse bred in Kentucky by Mr. & Mrs. C. D. Callaway III. He was sired by Santa Anita Derby winner Marfa out of the Diplomat Way mare, Fine Tribute, a descendant of the very important sire, Nearco.

Farma Way was originally trained by Neil Boyce but was later transferred to D. Wayne Lukas.

Racing career[edit]

Farma Way was a late bloomer, losing his first four starts. After running second in the Hollywood Futurity, Boyce put him in the turf Baldwin Stakes for a change of surface and a win.

It wasn't until his fourth year, though, that the headstrong colt would come into his own. He won the Santa Anita Handicap and set a new 1 3/16 mile track record for Pimlico Race Course in winning the 1991 Pimlico Special. His winning time of 1:52 2/5 also equalled the North American record for 1 3/16 miles on dirt set by Riva Ridge in 1973 at Aqueduct Racetrack. As of January 2008, their record still stands.[2]

His headstrong ways, however, were his undoing and the cause of a 2-year dispute between jockey Gary Stevens and Farma Way's trainer, D. Wayne Lukas. Farma Way got into a duel with Jolie's Halo and Stevens could not rate him, allowing Festin to win a race Farma Way was favored. When Lukas berated Stevens in public after the race, Stevens instructed his agent to refuse any Lukas mounts. It was two years before Stevens rode for Lukas again.

Stud record[edit]

Retired to Balla Vista Farm, in California, Farma Way was a successful sire. Some of his progeny include graded stakes race winners Birr, Cobra King, Dontbotherknocking, Rob N Gin, and Ruby Surprise.

Farma Way had to be put down on November 18, 1999, after fracturing his hind leg in a paddock accident.


  1. ^ "Farma Way pedigree". 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
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