In Memory of Dan Farley, Former NTWA President

Originally posted May 4, 2015

Dan Farley, a former president of the National Turf Writers Association (NTWA), died May 1. He was 72.

Farley was a native of Princeton, In. and a graduate of Indiana State University. He was in a hospital in Mechanicsville, Va. at the time of his passing.

Farley began a career of turf writing in 1971 at The Blood-Horse. He moved on to Thoroughbred Record where he was a staff writer, managing editor and editor.

In the early 1980’s, Farley worked with Pacemaker International, covering racing in the United States, and then worked for the International Racing Bureau. When Racing Post started operations in 1986, Farley was its American correspondent. After retiring in 2013, Farley continued to contribute blogs and columns to the Racing Post.

Farley was president of the NTWA from 1982 to 1986. He received the Walter Haight Award for career excellence in Turf writing from the NTWA in 2009.  He covered hundreds of Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup World Championship races as well as numerous other major stakes in this country and abroad.

Farley wasn’t only a proficient turf writer; he was an enthusiastic fan. After being diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, resulting in confinement to a wheelchair, he continued to cover the sport. Farley was the proud owner of a large collection of racing memorabilia including programs, posters, and racing publications. He made regular appearances in the Keeneland press box.

Farley died the day before the 2015 Kentucky Derby. “This was his favorite time of year, and he was really excited about this year’s Kentucky Derby,” said Betsy, his wife of 49 years.

Farley is survived by his wife, daughters Alison and Carrie and grandson Noah. Last year Dan and Betsy moved from their beloved Lexington, Ky. home to Ashland, Va. to be closer to their daughters.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to the FSH Society (Fascioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy), 450 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA, 02420 or through