A chestnut colt by Axtell out of Marguerite, Axworthy was foaled in 1892 at Warren Park Farm, Terre Haute, Indiana. Axworthy was raced as a two-year-old but won only a few races and was not staked for the season. The next year he broke down after taking a record of 2:15 1/2 and was retired. He was sold to John Shults, Brooklyn, New York at auction for $500. When the first crop of Axworthy began to appear it was evident that he was a wonderful sire. In 1906 he was sold at public auction to William Simpson of Cuba, New York for $21,000. Axworthy was a sire of extreme speed and was responsible for 144 trotters and 6 pacers. He is one of the five great modern progenitors of the Standardbred. Axworthy died on Simpson's Lexington, Kentucky farm in the charge of R. L. Nash in 1917.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals