Veteran trainer Greg Foley, who ranks eighth in all-time wins at Churchill Downs with 416, began the 2019 Spring Meet on a tear with six wins and hitting the board with 54% of his starters though the first 13 days of the 38-day season.
“We’ve just been on fire,” said Foley, a second-generation horseman from Oldham County, Ky. “Churchill Downs is our home track. We like to target the Spring and Fall Meets for our horses and it’s been a great start to the meet. It’s just beginning, though.”
Foley learned his craft from of his father, the legendary Dravo Foley, who trained for more than 40 years before he passed away in 2010. The pedigree runs strong in the Foley family as Greg’s son, Travis, works as his assistant and oversees 15 horses at Churchill Downs’ Trackside Louisville and Greg’s sister, Vickie, trains at Churchill Downs.
“Travis got off to a good start with his horses he has at Trackside,” Foley said. “He had one winner who was under his care over there. We’ve been very lucky to have some nice horses and great owners.”
Foley began Sunday’s 10-race program tied for third with Eddie Kenneally in the trainer standings. Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen had the lead with 10 wins and was followed by Mike Maker with seven.