Art Preston, Co-Owner Of Champions Groovy, Victory Gallop Dies At 88

Art Preston, who with brothers J.R. and Jack campaigned Classic winner and champion older male Victory Gallop and owned Prestonwood Farm in Versailles, Ky., has died at the age of 88. According to Blooodhorse.com, Preston died as a result of head injuries sustained in a fall.

An Oklahoma native who studied geology at the University of Illinois and would go on to a successful career in the oil and natural gas industry and other diverse businesses, Preston bought an interest in his first horse in the late 1970s, a low-level claimer named Old Sew and Sew.

Before long, the Preston brothers had a farm in Quannah, Texas, then developed Prestonwood in the Bluegrass State. Their first top runner was the Texas-bred Groovy, a son of Norcliffe purchased privately midway through the colt’s 4-year-old season in 1987, when he was voted an Eclipse Award as champion sprinter.

Ontario-bred Victory Gallop finished second in the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness for the Prestons, then got up to win the Belmont Stakes by a nose, ending a Triple Crown bid by Real Quiet. They also campaigned Da Hoss, two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

In 2000, Prestonwood was sold to Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner, who renamed the property WinStar Farm. Groovy and multiple graded stakes winner and successful sire Distorted Humor remained at WinStar, which eventually developed into one of the world’s leading Thoroughbred operations under the management of Elliott Walden, who trained Victory Gallop and Distorted Humor for the Preston brothers before leaving that profession in 2005. Troutt is now the sole owner of WinStar.

Art Preston, who was preceded in death by his brother, J.R., continued to race, first in the name of Preston Stables, which campaigned two-time Jockey Club Gold Cup winner and Spendthrift Farm sire Flat Out, and more recently as Oxbow Racing.

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