Hall of Fame trainer LeRoy S. Jolley dead at 80

Dec 20, 2017 10:13 AM

Hall of Fame trainer LeRoy S. Jolley died Wednesday in upstate New York.

Jolley was 80.

In 1961, the then 24-year-old Jolley was the trainer of the colt Ridan who at age two went undefeated in seven races including wins in the Arlington Futurity and the Washington Park Futurity. The heavy favorite going into the Kentucky Derby, Ridan ran wide throughout the race finishing third behind upset winner Decidedly and Roman Line.

In that year's Travers Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course, Ridan lost by a whisker to Jaipur in one of the most dramatic races in American racing history and a race still written and talked about today by race fans.

Jolley went on to train two Kentucky Derby winners, winning with Foolish Pleasure in 1975 and with the filly Genuine Risk in 1980.