A native of Oldham County just outside of Louisville, horse racing is ingrained deep in the Foley family.
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The winner of nearly 1,500 races (16%) and a Louisville native, Greg Foley is best known for his work with the multiple graded stakes winners Champali and Sconsin, and the barn has taken their game to a new level recently, starting a horse in the Kentucky Derby in two of the last three years – O Besos (2021) & Major Fed (2020).
A native of Oldham County just outside of Louisville, horse racing is ingrained deep in the Foley family. Greg’s late father Dravo, who began his career as a jockey, trained horses for 48 years and won 1,163 races. Greg served as his father’s assistant before going out on his own in 1981. He’s won multiple training titles in Kentucky, including two at Churchill Downs, where he’s in the top ten all-time in wins, five at Turfway Park and two at Ellis Park.
Greg’s son Travis, who has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from UK and an MBA from U of L, is his top assistant and the managing partner in Tagg Team Racing. He serves a Kentucky HBPA board member.
“Horses are my passion and I have turned that passion into a most interesting career,” Greg Foley said. “My owners are all great friends of the family and enjoying success at the races with them is what makes the game so fun. I am a second generation horseman and Travis is now our third generation. Being able to provide and share with your family while doing what you love is all any man can ask for.”
The Foley operation fits the Brilliant profile – horse first, do things the right way, and give them every chance to succeed.
“To be successful as a trainer in today’s environment takes a full team effort,” Travis Foley said. “Acquiring fast horses is definitely the easiest way! It takes a lot of people to support us from our owners investing the capitol, our staff working around the clock 24/7, and our horses laying it on the line race day. We pride ourselves on being a horse first operation, first and foremost. Have good people behind you, take care of your horses and success typically follows.”
“Each horse is unique, and must be trained accordingly,” Travis Foley continued. “It is our job to take care of them both physically and mentally, and give them the best chance to succeed. We do our best to get them fit, not over-train and keep them happy and healthy. Team Foley is very pleased to be a part of the Brilliant Racing Team. On a personal level I am lucky to be friends with the management staff. All great people. That is the start to any successful partnership. That has overlapped to what they are bringing to the racing industry with Brilliant Racing, and their many passionate fans they have now made owners.”
Since joining the Foley stable in the spring of 2020, Brilliant Racing Partnership I’s Yes It’s Ginger has won six races, including two stakes.
“On a personal level I am lucky to be friends with the management staff, they are all great people,” Travis Foley said. “That is the start to any successful partnership. That relationship has overlaps to what they are bringing to the industry with Brilliant Racing, and their many passionate fans they have now made owners.“
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