Owner: Kenny Troutt
Born: January 8, 1948
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Ill.
Residence: Dallas, Texas
Family: wife, Lisa, three children
In 2000, Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner founded WinStar Farm after buying the 1,450-acre Prestonwood Farm property near Versailles, Ky., from brothers Art, Jack and J.R. Preston. In 2010, Troutt bought out Casner’s portion of WinStar, and is now the sole owner.
Troutt and Casner founded Excel Communications, a long-distance telephone service and communications company.
In 2010, Super Saver won the Kentucky Derby for WinStar, while Drosselmeyer won the 2010 Belmont Stakes. After the 2010 season, WinStar received its first Eclipse Award for outstanding owner. In 2011, Drosselmeyer won the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
WinStar has focused on developing a leading breeding program and stands leading sire Distorted Humor, among others. It first gained national fame as the breeder of 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide, a son of Distorted Humor.
With the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, Troutt created the White Horse Award, presented annually to a farm or racetrack worker who performs an unselfish heroic act.
WinStar has a 2013 Derby hopeful in Revolutionary, who claimed victory in both the Louisiana Derby (G2) and Withers Stakes (G3) to earn 110 points for the new Kentucky Derby points system.