Jolley Veritably Born Into Racing: His Family Lived Across Street From Track; With Claiborne Farm Six Years, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-02


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» MOODY JOLLEY— Trainer of Dunce. ► Jolley Veritably Born Into Racing His Family Lived Across Street From Track; With Claiborne Farm Six Years By Staff Correspondent CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., May 2. — Moody Jolley, the trainer of Claibornes Dunce, was born across the street from a race track and has maintained a proximity with the turf throughout an exceptional career. The 49-year-old Jolley, a horsemans horseman, has developed an unusual number of stakes winners, but perhaps had his biggest year in 1957, when two members of his stable, the two-year-old colt Nadir and the three-year-old filly Bayou, were voted divisional championships in the annual balloting conducted by Daily Racing Form and The Morning Telegraph. The climax of this banner season came when Nadir captured the 77,170 Garden State, worlds richest race. Jolley will have completed six years as trainer of the Claiborne Farm, horses this summer and has saddled many an outstanding filly for owner Arthur B. "Bull" Hancock, including the champion Doubledogdare, the aforementioned Bayou and the hard-hitting Delta, who specialized in beating the colts. "Frankly," he says, "I think I enjoy working with fillies more than with colts. Generally speaking, they have a better temperament and come to hand quicker than the colts." Developed Riverland Prior to joining Claiborne, Jolley trained for Capt. Harry Guggenheim, Howard Oots, Dr. John Crawford, Al Steele and hotelman Harold Clarke. He first gained prominence through his work with the ,000 bargain, Riverland, for Clarkes Tower Stable. Graduating from plater ranks under Jolley s astute supervision, Riverland won the Westchester, Dixie and Riggs handicaps in the East and then swept the boards at New Orleans the following winter, winning four consecutive stakes, before breaking a leg in New Yorks Carter Handicap. Jolley, whose son, Leroy, received his trainers license last year and immediately saddled his first winner, was born in Nashville, Tenn., across the street from old Cumberland Park. He started walking hots and exercising horses for Ed Moore when he was 12, then rode during the season of 1926 in Kentucky and Florida before the weight got him. He still recalls a pair of races he won here at Churchill Downs, and a win aboard Braedalbane at Latonia for the late Lexington editor, Breckinridge Long, in the then remarkable time of 1:11 for 6 furlongs. For a while, after leaving the saddle, Jolley served as a jockeys agent and valet, but soon turned to training horses and has been consistently successful ever since. Battle Morn, Cain Hoys favorite for the 1951 "Run for the Roses," was his first Derby starter, but he has accounted for numerous other important stakes throughout the East and Midwest. And, of course, he was responsible for the early development of Round Table, the colt sold by Hancock for 75,000 who went west to earn over a million dollars for Oklahoma oilman Travis Kerr.

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