Photo: Hollywood Park
Owner-trainer-breeder Bill Gregory stood next to the
stall of Charlie’sboywins in Barn 60 North Sunday, still tingling with
excitement after his first victory with the 4-year-old gelding in a maiden
claiming race Thursday.
“I had a stroke last August; getting up each morning
to see my horses keeps me going,” said Gregory, 78.
Gregory and his wife Nancy, the co-owner and
co-breeder of the horse, live in Playa del Rey. Gregory retired after spending
40 years as a veterinarian in Woodland Hills and Calabasas.
“I was born and raised in Kentucky
and always wanted to be a horse trainer since I was knee-high to a duck,” said
Gregory. “We always had show horses but my father said, ‘No, you’re not going
to be a horse trainer. We want you to be a vet.’”
The dutiful son spent four years in college at Kentucky and four more at Auburn
before earning his degree in veterinary medicine. “On graduation day, I asked
my father why I couldn’t be a track veterinarian, and he said, ‘There’s a bad
element on the racetrack,’” recalled Gregory. “I said, ’Dad, there’s a bad
After retirement, Gregory finally got his wish,
learned the basics from trainer Gary Lewis and took out his trainer’s license
eight years ago. When a mare Lewis trained named Spanish Gypsy was injured, she
was given to the Gregorys, who bred her to
The resulting foal was named Charlie’sboywins for
Bill’s father. Making his seventh start, he won a seven-furlong race Thursday
under Kerwin John to make Charlie’s boy Bill mighty happy.
Gregory also trains Philly Slew, a 5-year-old.