Billy Koch was first introduced to the world of horse racing when he was six years old. In fact, his family claims he learned to read by reading the Racing Form. His grandfather, the late Hollywood legend Howard W. Koch (Airplane, Ghost), owned Telly’s Pop with partner Telly Savalas (Kojak). Telly’s Pop won the two-year-old California Triple Crown that year and once they wrapped the winner’s circle flowers around Billy, he was hooked.
After graduating from Northwestern University, Billy put together partnerships with friends and became convinced sharing the experience of horse racing was more rewarding than owning alone. Named for a fictitious Indian Chief who was the centerpiece of his grandfather’s bedtime stories, Billy started Little Red Feather in 2002 with one horse.
In 2013, LRF will celebrate the debut of its 80th partnership. Billy is a former board member of the Thoroughbred Owners of California.