Leading the way with five Grade I victories in 2020, including a win in the second leg of the Triple Crown and a GI Kentucky Oaks exacta, WinStar Farm was recognized as Outstanding Breeder. It was the third Eclipse Award for Kenny Troutt's operation and second as Outstanding Breeder (2016).
WinStar ranked second overall via breeder earnings in 2020, trailing only Calumet Farm, capturing 148 victories from 1,106 starters, and $9,221,764 in earnings.
Top horses in 2020 bred by WinStar include: Swiss Skydiver (Daredevil) (GI Preakness S. and GI Alabama S. heroine and GI Kentucky Oaks runner-up); Shedaresthedevil (Daredevil) (GI Kentucky Oaks); Global Campaign (Curlin) (GI Woodward H.); and Paris Lights (Curlin) (GI Coaching Club American Oaks).
Troutt and Bill Casner, founders of Excel Communications, started WinStar Farm after purchasing Prestonwood Farm in 2000. Troutt bought out Casner and became the sole owner 10 years later. WinStar is the home of leading sires such as Distorted Humor, More Than Ready, Speightstown and Constitution.
WinStar Farm, breeder of 2003 dual classic winner Funny Cide, received its first Eclipse Award as Outstanding Owner after capturing the 2010 GI Kentucky Derby with Super Saver and 2010 Belmont S. with Drosselmeyer. WinStar also campaigned 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify in partnership.