Fighting Foleys: Father vs. daughter in Pace
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"We're just realizing how good my horse is,” Pete Foley said. "I think he's as good as any horse in the country. We just need a little racing luck and I think he's as good as anything out there.”
Bolt The Duer, who was last year's Kentucky Sire Stakes champion, can be a handful away from the races, but is a professional on the track.
"He's a hell of a hard horse to handle,” Foley said. "I stopped going to the gym because I walk him every day and he gives me a workout just walking him. It's like walking a lion.
"But on the track he's a perfect horse. He can leave and still finish full of pace. There's not too many that can do that. That's a big advantage.”
Heston Blue Chip has won 16 of 18 career races, earning $548,043, and is 5-for-5 this year for owner Ken Jacobs.
Kim Foley, who has worked for Toscano for three years, gave the colt the nickname "Moses” last year in reference to actor Charlton Heston.
"Every Easter my family would get together and watch ‘The Ten Commandments' and I always say ‘Let my people go.' Moses just stuck,” she said. "I have a friend with a new dog named Ramses, so it all works together.”
Getting the chance to participate in the Meadowlands Pace is a thrill. Seeing it become a family affair makes it even more so, even if the family is divided over which horse to support.
"Not even in a million years did I think we would be in a race together like this, going for the Meadowlands Pace title,” Kim Foley said. "It's just unreal. I'm so excited.” (Meadowlands)