Saturday, May 04, 2002

Local jockey gets a surprise Oaks gig

By Gina Holt
Enquirer Contributor

        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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