Winstar itself is a very young company, founded in 2000 with the acquisition of the 400 acre Prestonwood Farm by current owner Kenny Troutt and his partner. The farm's history dates to the 1700's, then owned by the Williams family of Virginia. Their bank barn and several other buildings remain and are on the National Historic Register. Along with the purchase of Prestonwood came two sires: Kris S and Distorted Humor. Before his death in 2002, Kris S sired 5 Breeder's Cup winners and 3 Eclipse Award winners. Distorted Humor, foaled in 1993, remains an active sire to this day, commanding a six figure fee. More about him later.
There are three viewing areas in the new stallion barn, 18 stalls, 2 breeding sheds and 22 three acre paddocks. The first horse to be ushered into the viewing area was the incredible Tiznow, once both American Horse of the Year and California Horse of the Year. He is the only back- to- back winner of the Breeder's Cup Classic and winner of $6.2 million dollars.
His progeny have won the Belmont, Travers Stakes, Dubai World Cup, Santa Anita Derby, the Wood Memorial and others. My Sweet Addiction won the 2015 Vanity Stakes, Colonel John the Santa Anita Derby, Well Armed won the Dubai World Cup by a record 14 lengths and Da'Taro beat Big Brown in the 2008 Belmont. It should be remembered that Big Brown finished dead last in the race for an unknown and still suspicious reason. His trainer has had his license lifted in some states.
All of the photos taken at Winstar, with one exception, were taken in predominantly natural light under a dome in one of the viewing areas. The light illuminates the best of the horses physical characteristics and if they were not elegant enough, well just take a look.