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Bill Casner - 2017

Updated: Jan 13, 2023

Kentucky Derby Winning Horse owner and Rancher.

Bill Casner grew up in El Paso and galloped horses at Sunland Park. After college he embarked on a career training racehorses in the Midwest. In 1988, Bill left the Thoroughbred industry, and with partner Kenny Troutt founded Excel Communications. In early 2000, Bill and Kenny re-entered the racing game and founded WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, and by the end of the decade Bill reached the top of the mountain. In 2010 WinStar’s Super Saver won the Kentucky Derby and the farm’s Drosslemeyer captured the Belmont Stakes. The farm’s Well Armed won the $6-million Dubai World Cup in 2009 and WinStar’s Colonel John won the 2008 Travers. Bill is vice chairman and co-founder of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) and he serves on the board of the Thoroughbred Owner Breeders association and Breeders’ Cup. In addition, he is a founding member of The Race For Education Inc., a national scholarship foundation that provides educational opportunities to children of racing’s backside workers and farm workers.


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