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 perennial leading sires Tiznow, Distorted Humor, More Than Ready, Congrats, and Speightstown, and promising young stallions Constitution and Audible, 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 2018 with Justify and in 2010 with Super Saver; the Preakness S. (G1) in 2018 with Justify; the Belmont S. (G1) in 2018 with Justify, in 2016 with Creator, and in 2010 with Drosselmeyer; the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) with Drosselmeyer; the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) in 2017 with Battle of Midway, and the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) in 2016 with Tourist.
In 2018, along with partners China Horse Club, Starlight Racing, and Head of Plains Partners, WinStar made even more history, campaigning undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify. The colt’s breathtaking run through that year’s Kentucky Derby, Preakness S. and Belmont S. forever etched his name in the record books as racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner, joining such legends as Secretariat, Citation, Seattle Slew, War Admiral, and Whirlaway. At the end of the memorable season, Justify was honored as Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Male for his remarkable accomplishments and retired to stud with earnings of nearly $4 million.
WinStar’s far-reaching achievements also include an Eclipse Award in 2016 as North America’s Outstanding breeder. WinStar regularly ranks among the Top 10 North American breeders and has been in the Top Five by earnings each year since 2014. WinStar topped all breeders in 2018 with $8.6 million in earnings.
Mr. Troutt resides in Dallas, TX with his wife Lisa and their three children.