Legendary Trainer Greg Gilchrist Retires
Lost in the Fog is a horse that is remembered by every horse racing enthusiast, as his brief but victorious horse racing career was cut short due to cancer. Winning events such as the Maiden Special Weight, Bay Shore Stakes and Ocala Stud Dash Stakes, Lost in the Fog also won the Eclipse Award in 2005 for the Outstanding Sprint Horse. And through all his victories and difficulties one man stood by him until the bitter end, his trainer, Greg Gilchrist. And it is with fond memories of horses such as Lost in the Fog that Gilchrist has made the decision to retire.
Over the last few years, horse racing has been declining in the state of Northern California, which has contributed to the retirement of Greg Gilchrist. He has slowly been making his stable smaller as time has passed, but on 5 May 2010, he officially retired after taking the last of his horses to Hollywood Park for his final act as horse trainer. Gilchrist commented that he was grateful to have been a part of the horse racing industry during its best years, but that the sport he is leaving behind now was not the sport he started his career in.
Greg Gilchrist began his career in the horse racing industry under the guidance of his father, also a horse trainer, and slowly worked his way to obtaining his training license in the year 1976. He was fortunate, by his own account, to have been able to work with wonderful horse owners who provided him with spectacular horses to work with, such as Wild Wonder, Smokey Stover, High Resolve, Gold Seal, Work the Crowd, Soviet Problem, and of course, Lost in the Fog. During his exciting career, Gilchrist has enjoyed more than 1 500 victories, of which 104 were stakes races. In total his horses have earned over $24 million in purse money. Now at the age of 62, Greg Gilchrist can look back on a successful and memorable horse training career, while he moves forward to his next adventure. Gilchrist has however stressed the fact that he has not retired from horses altogether, as he will be willing to work as a bloodstock agent, if asked. No plans have been made by him to open a bloodstock agency; he will merely assist where he is needed from now on.