Bill Winfrey

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William C. Winfrey
Occupation Trainer
Born May 9, 1916
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died April 14, 1994
Lake Forest, California
Major racing wins

Bahamas Stakes (1942)
Demoiselle Stakes (1949, 1964)
Metropolitan Handicap (1949, 1954)
Selima Stakes (1949, 1960)
Beldame Stakes (1950, 1952)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1950)
Gazelle Stakes (1950)
Ladies Handicap (1950)
Prioress Stakes (1950, 1955)
Suburban Handicap (1950)
Hopeful Stakes (1951, 1952)
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1952, 1964)
Firenze Handicap (1952)
Palos Verdes Handicap (1952)
Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (1952)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1951, 1952)
American Derby (1953)
Arlington Classic (1953)
Barbara Fritchie Handicap (1953)
Empire City Handicap (1953)
Excelsior Handicap (1953, 1954, 1956)
Gotham Stakes (1953)
Travers Stakes (1953)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1953)
Dwyer Stakes (1953)
Vagrancy Handicap (1953)
Withers Stakes (1953)
Narragansett Special (1954, 1956)
Queens County Handicap (1954, 1955)
San Carlos Handicap (1954)
Whitney Handicap (1954)
Manhattan Handicap (1955)
McLennan Handicap (1955)
New Orleans Handicap (1956, 1957)
Sunset Handicap (1955, 1957, 1959, 1961)
Laurel Futurity Stakes (1959)
San Marcos Stakes (1960)
Spinaway Stakes (1960)
Champagne Stakes (1964, 1965)
Frizette Stakes (1964)
Derby Trial Stakes (1965)
Test Stakes (1965)
Tremont Stakes (1965)

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1953)
Belmont Stakes (1953)
Racing awards
U.S. Champion trainer by earnings (1964)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (1971)
Significant horses
Bed O' Roses, Bold Lad, Buckpasser
Castle Forbes, Find, Native Dancer, Next Move, Queen Empress

William C. "Bill" Winfrey (May 9, 1916 – April 14, 1994) was an American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse trainer.[1]

Bill Winfrey was born Colin Dickard. His father died when he was three, and two years later his mother married Hall-of-Fame trainer G. Carey Winfrey. He was officially adopted and took Winfrey's last name.[2] At age 15, he became a jockey, but weight gain forced him to turn to training. In 1932, he became the youngest licensed trainer in the United States.

His career was interrupted by service with the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He retired after the 1969 season, but returned to training for two more years in 1977 and 1978. During his career, Bill Winfrey trained 38 stakes winners, including seven champions, of which three were inducted in the U. S. Racing Hall of Fame. The most noted of them was two-time American Horse of the Year, Native Dancer. Winfrey was inducted into the United States' National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1971.

A resident of San Clemente, California, he died in Lake Forest, California at age 77 of complications from Alzheimer's disease.[3]


  1. ^ William C. Winfrey at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Archived June 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
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  3. ^ April 16, 1994 New York Times obituary for Bill Winfrey