WinStar Farm, LLC
Mr. Troutt is a native of Mt. Vernon, Illinois and was first introduced to horseracing by his uncle in the summer of 1965. The thrill of the races, the intensity and excitement enthralled him. While in college, he frequented the races at Churchill Downs and was present when legendary horses Secretariat and Riva Ridge captured the Kentucky Derby. After graduating from Southern Illinois University, the aspiring horseman and entrepreneur continued to follow his passions. He established his first horse farm, Landview, in Eastern Nebraska in the early 1980's.
In 1988, he founded Excel Communications, a long-distance telephone service company which integrated the growing demand for telecommunications service with the power of relationship marketing. As Founder and Chairman of Excel, his innovative business and marketing strategies resulted in the meteoric rise of the corporation and its subsequent success as a publicly traded enterprise in 1996.
When the opportunity to purchase Prestonwood, a 400-acre farm located in the heart of the Bluegrass, presented itself in 2000, Mr. Troutt, along with longtime friend and business partner Bill Casner, seized the opportunity. WinStar Farm was established and Mr. Troutt set out to make WinStar one of the best Thoroughbred breeding and racing operations in the world.
Today, thanks to Mr. Troutt’s energy, enthusiasm and leadership, WinStar is thriving. The farm comprises more than 2,700 acres and is home to a star-studded roster of stallions, spearheaded by the likes of perineal leading sires Pioneerof the Nile, Tiznow, Distorted Humor, More Than Ready, Congrats and Speightstown, and promising young stallions Bodemeister, Gemologist and Overanalyze, just to name a few.
WinStar has experienced awe-inspiring success in all facets of the industry, including winning some of the most coveted Thoroughbred races in the world—the Kentucky Derby (G1) in 2010 with Super Saver, the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) the following year with Drosselmeyer, and the 2017 Belmont Stakes (G1) with Creator. WinStar’s far-reaching accomplishments also include an Eclipse Award in 2016 as North American’s outstanding breeder. WinStar regularly ranks among the top 10 North American breeders and has been in the top five each year since 2012.
Mr. Troutt resides in Dallas, TX with his wife Lisa and their three children.