LeRoy Jolley, Trainer Of Genuine Risk, Foolish Pleasure, Dies At 80

According to various reports, Hall of Fame Thoroughbred trainer LeRoy Jolley, who won the Kentucky Derby with Foolish Pleasure and Genuine Risk, has passed away at age 80. He had been suffering from lung cancer.

The native of Hot Springs, Ark., learned under his father, Moody, and took out his trainer’s license in 1958. Three years later, LeRoy oversaw the campaign of undefeated juvenile Ridan, winner of seven races in his two-year-old season. Ridan finished third in the Kentucky Derby the following year and famously lost a short nose to Jaipur in the Travers.

Jolley later trained two Kentucky Derby winners, the first Foolish Pleasure in 1975. The other was one of the few fillies to win the race, Genuine Risk in 1980. Genuine Risk was also the first filly to run in all three Triple Crown races. She finished second in both the Preakness and Belmont.

From 6,907 starts, Jolley won 991 races, earning more than $35 million during his career. While his glory days were well behind him, Jolley continued to train, most recently finishing third in a maiden claiming race at Aqueduct a month ago. 

“I got bored. I don’t play golf anymore and I don’t fish, so I went back to doing what I know,” Jolley said in 2016 when he saddled a runner at the Keeneland spring meet.

Other victories on his resume included the Arlington Million, the Florida Derby, Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes, the Whitney Handicap, Woodward Stakes, and a pair of Breeders’ Cup races with Manila in the 1986 Turf and unbeaten juvenile Meadow Star in the 1990 Juvenile Fillies. He oversaw the campaigns of three Eclipse champions — Honest Pleasure (1975 2-year-old champion male), What a Summer (1977 champion sprinter), and Meadow Star (1990 2-year-old filly).

Three of his trainees — Manila, Foolish Pleasure and Genuine Risk were inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Jolley was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

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