Saturday, May 04, 2002
Local jockey gets a surprise Oaks gig
By Gina Holt
BURLINGTON Local jockey Bill Troilo rode the biggest race of his 20-year career Friday. And came in ninth.
Troilo, of Burlington, got the surprise call Monday from Joe Woodard, Louisville trainer, asking him to ride Arts Fair in the Kentucky Oaks.
A lot of the horses I do ride around Turfway or River Downs have never been that quality of a horse to be in a race like that, he said.
Arts Fair, owned by Bill Hays, a Louisville businessman, was a long shot, but Troilo said he was just happy to be part of it.
He won a stakes race on her, the Cincinnati Trophy at Turfway, said Woodard. He's the best man for the job. He knows the horse.
But Arts Fair got into a multi-horse bump at the start of the race.
Troilo trained to be a jockey in 1979 at Keeneland Race Course after coming to Kentucky from Philadelphia.
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