06/27/2004 11:00PM

Farish leaves ambassador post

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Will Farish, owner of Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky., has resigned his position as America's ambassador to Great Britain and returned to Kentucky.

In a guest commentary printed Saturday in The Times of London, Farish said, "It is now time to conclude my tenure here and turn my attention to my family and business."

Farish, who will leave his post officially on July 10, was at his farm in Versailles on Monday.

In his letter to the Times, Farish praised the policies of U.S. President George W. Bush and his administration and lauded the historical bond between the United States and Great Britain.

"Our histories, our legal systems, our arts and letters, and our popular entertainments share a lot of cultural DNA," he wrote. "As a man with some experience of studying bloodlines, I can tell you that this is more important than one might think."

In addition to owning Lane's End and its Texas division, Farish has served on the boards of Churchill Downs and the Keeneland Association, as a steward and vice-chairman of The Jockey Club, and as a director of the Breeders' Cup.