In 2000, Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner, founders of Excel Communications, a long-distance telephone service and communications company, 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. 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 received the Eclipse Award as Outstanding Owner in 2010 based in part of the success of their Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver.
China Horse Club was established by Teo Ah Khing as a lifestyle and Thoroughbred racing club in 2013. They have been active at major North American Thoroughbred auctions as well as purchasing shares in racehorses that are already successful.
Head of Plains Partners is the nom de course for Sol Kumin. Kumin, founder and chief executive officer of Folger Hill Asset Management, has been as adept as a Thoroughbred owner as he is in the financial world. OwnerView honored him as the top new owner in 2015. Kumin is best known for teaming with Jay Hanley to purchase Lady Eli, who rebounded from life-threatening laminitis to reassert herself as one of the leading turf mares of her era.
Starlight Racing is the stable of Jack and Laurie Wolf. Louisville, Ky., native Jack was a hedge fund manager at Columbus Partners, and in 2000, he and his wife Laurie – both longtime racing fans – became owners when they purchased six yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale in July. The pair’s love of horses is evident in everything they do, including founding the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, the industry's first broad-based initiative dedicated to helping retired Thoroughbreds. Laurie is the managing partner and CEO of StarLadies Racing and also serves on the board of the Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs.