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. 15 years later, thanks to Mr. Troutt’s energy, enthusiasm and leadership, WinStar is comprised of over 2400 acres and has experienced great success in all facets of the industry, including winning two of the most elite Thoroughbred races in the world, the 2010 Kentucky Derby and 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Mr. Troutt resides in Dallas, TX with his wife Lisa and their three children.