Foolish Pleasure (FL)

An undefeated Eclipse Award winner as a 2-year-old, Foolish Pleasure won the Kentucky Derby in 1975 and was a successful handicapper as a 4-year-old, winning the Donn Handicap and defeating Forego in the Suburban Handicap.

Foolish Pleasure (NYRA)
Inducted

1995

Foaled

1972

Sire

What a Pleasure

Dam

Fool Me Not

Damsire

Tom Fool

Breeder

Waldemar Farms

Owner

John L. Greer

Trainer

LeRoy S. Jolley

Career

1974-1976

Earnings

$1,216,705

Racing Record

26

Starts

Year Starts First Second Third Earnings
Year Sts 1 2 3 $
1974 7 7 0 0 $284595 $284,595
1975 11 5 4 1 $716278 $716,278
1976 8 4 0 2 $215832 $215,832

Biography

An undefeated Eclipse Award winner as a 2-year-old, Foolish Pleasure won the Kentucky Derby in 1975 and was a successful handicapper as a 4-year-old, winning the Donn Handicap and defeating Forego in the Suburban Handicap.

A bay son of What a Pleasure out of the Tom Fool mare Fool Me Not, Foolish Pleasure was a $20,000 Saratoga yearling purchase. He was bred by Waldemar Farms and campaigned by John L. Greer.

Trained by Hall of Famer LeRoy Jolley, Foolish Pleasure won all seven of his starts as a 2-year-old in 1974, including Grade 1 victories in the Sapling, Hopeful, and Champagne stakes.

Foolish Pleasure suffered his first loss when he finished third in the 1975 Florida Derby, but he bounced back to win the Wood Memorial and then defeated the likes of Avatar, Diablo, and Master Derby in the Kentucky Derby. Foolish Pleasure also finished second in both the Preakness and Belmont.

Foolish Pleasure won the Donn Handicap as a 4-year-old in 1976 under 129 pounds and added victories in the Arlington Golden Invitational Handicap and a memorable win over Hall of Famer and three-time Horse of the Year Forego in the Suburban Handicap.

Foolish Pleasure was retired after his 1976 season with a career record of 16-4-3 from 26 starts and earnings of $1,216,705. He died in 1994 at the age of 22.

Achievements

Eclipse Award Champion 2-Year-Old Colt — 1974

Triple Crown Highlights

Won the Kentucky Derby — 1975

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