Winchell Thoroughbreds was among Oaklawn’s leading owners with seven wins and a second in the Fantasy Stakes with Taxable in 2016. Star of the stable was Gun Runner, winner of the Louisiana Derby (G2) and Clark Handicap (G1).
Campaigned 2004 Wood Memorial (G1) winner Tapit, now one of the leading stallions standing at Gainesway Farm. Other top horses include 2012 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Tapizar and 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Summerly.
Winchell Thoroughbreds is a partnership of Joan Winchell and her son, Ron, who are continuing the racing operation started by the late Verne H. Winchell, Joan’s husband and Ron’s father . The elder Winchell, who died at age 87 in 2002, founded the donut company Winchell’s in 1948 and later was CEO and chairman of Denny’s restaurants. He bred and raced champions Mira Femme and Tight Spot (the latter raced in partnership).
The Winchells own Corinthia Farm near Lexington. Racing manager and farm manager David Fiske has worked for the Winchell family for 30 years.
Ron Winchell is involved in gaming bars/restaurants, construction and real estate development.