World Champion Stolis Winner Retired

Sport's all-time leading earner officially retires after record-breaking career.

By Greg Thompson,
September 1, 2012

Stolis Winner

Owner Jerry Windham has verified that American Quarter Horse racing’s all-time leading money earner Stolis Winner has entered retirement.

“We worked him earlier in the year, and afterwards the decision was made that it was time,” said Windham. “He’ll wind up doing something before too long. He’ll become a pony horse or something productive in the future.”

The 6-year-old gelding retires with the all-time earnings mark of $2,235,161 from 29 career starts. His 13 career victories are highlighted by wins in the Grade 1 All American Futurity, Rainbow Futurity, Heritage Place Futurity and Texas Classic Derby. He was named the 2008 world champion, champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old gelding.

Windham bred the son of champion Stoli in Texas from the Runaway Winner mare Veva Jean.

Heath Taylor trained Stolis Winner for the majority of his career and late into his 5-year-old campaign before being shipped to trainer Juan Aleman in California, where he made his final start in the 2011 Bank of America Challenge Championship (G1) and finished a troubled 11th.

Stolis Winner’s earnings mark could be surpassed on Sunday if champion Ochoa wins the $2,234,540 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.