|Sire||What a Pleasure|
|Dam||Fool Me Not|
|Foaled||23 March 1972|
|Died||November 2, 1994(aged 22)|
|Breeder||Waldemar Farms, Inc.|
|Owner||John L. Greer|
Champagne Stakes (1974)
Kentucky Derby (1975)
|U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt (1974)|
|United States Racing Hall of Fame (1995)
#97 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
Foolish Pleasure Stakes at Calder Race Course
|Last updated on September 30, 2008|
Foolish Pleasure was a bay horse bred at Williston, Florida by Waldemar Farms, Inc. He was owned by John L. Greer and trained by LeRoy Jolley, who had previously been partners in the colt Ridan. He was sired by What A Pleasure who won the Hopeful Stakes in 1967 before becoming a successful breeding stallion. His dam Fool-Me-Not was descended from the British broodmare Becti (foaled 1929) who was the female-line ancestor of many major winner including Mrs McArdy, Borgia and Boreal.
Foolish Pleasure was undefeated as a two-year-old. In 1975, at age three, he won the Flamingo Stakes, Wood Memorial Stakes before contesting the Kentucky Derby. Ridden by Jacinto Vásquez he raced well off the pace on the inside before making a forward move approaching the final turn. He was switched to the outside in the straight and produced a strong late burst to win from Avatar.
In July 1975, a match race was arranged between the Foolish Pleasure and the unbeaten filly Ruffian. Vásquez chose to ride Ruffian, with Braulio Baeza taking over on Foolish Pleasure. While on the lead, Ruffian broke down, allowing Foolish Pleasure to win unchallenged. Today, he is mostly remembered as the one who killed Ruffian, though he did nothing.
In November 1994, almost 20 years after winning the Kentucky Derby, Foolish Pleasure was brought to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University. He had developed severe laminitis in all four feet. Despite all treatment efforts, he had to be euthanized.
Foolish Pleasure was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1995. In the Blood-Horse magazine ranking of the top 100 U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century, he was ranked #97.
What A Pleasure (USA)
|Bold Ruler (USA)
|Grey Flight (USA)
|Tom Fool (USA)
|Becti (Family: 14-b)|
- Foolish Pleasure was inbred 4 × 4 to Blenheim, meaning that this stallion appears twice in the fourth generation of his pedigree.