Trainer Greg Foley is two wins away from 400 career victories at Churchill Downs following Zipperini’s 2 ¾-length maiden special weight victory Saturday.
“How many wins am I away from Dale (Romans),” Foley joked. “It would be really special to get this milestone. I think we’ll have a few chances before the end of the meet to get there.”
Foley, 59, began training on his own in 1981 and recorded his first victory at Fair Grounds.
“I grew up around racing,” Foley said. “I remember in the summer we’d go to River Downs with my dad (Dravo Foley). I groomed horses and learned a lot from him. I grew up on the backstretch with Dad. I’m incredibly proud of all the wins we’ve had here at home. Churchill has been good to me and I can’t thank all of our owners enough.”
Foley has three horses entered Thursday at Churchill Downs: May Lily (Thursday, Race 5); Zapperini (Thursday, Race 8); and Samargo (Thursday, Race 9).