Award-winning publisher Caballo Press of Ann Arbor will release The Simple Game: An Irish Jockey’s Memoir by author and professional jockey Thomas Foley in October 2010. The book will be published in hardback format. Foley’s piece is an honest and emotional account of the jockey’s struggle to recapture his passion for the sport and the horses that came to define his life. Starting with his dream of becoming a jockey in Ireland, Foley takes us with him on his journey across the Atlantic and allows us to witness firsthand his failed marriage and troubled relationship with his sons.
In a sport where a jockey seldom admits to his weaknesses, Foley openly reveals his struggle with bulimia and sleeping pills, as well as his constant search for love and meaning in his life. Foley opens the door to his soul and invites us all to learn from his mistakes and triumphs. Written with true Irish wit and the “voice” of a seasoned author, Foley’s The Simple Game will leave readers feeling as if they’ve known him their entire lives.
The website supporting The Simple Game can be reached by going to www.caballopress.com. Foley’s memoir can be pre-ordered at a savings of over twenty percent at the website and an excerpt of the book’s first chapter is also featured there.
Release of the book is set to coincide with the opening of Walt Disney studio’s major motion picture, Secretariat. Foley plays the role of Jimmy Gaffney in the movie. Professional jockey Otto Thorwarth will write the introduction to Foley’s book. Thorwarth is also in the Secretariat movie. He plays the role of hall of fame jockey Ron Torcotte, Secretariat’s go to jockey.
Foley is an Irish immigrant who arrived in America when he was seventeen years old. His mother, father and two sisters still live in Ireland. He is the father of three boys, Robert, Daniel and Kieran. He has ridden as a professional jockey both on flat and steeplechase tracks for over thirteen years. In his first full year as a professional jockey, he was the leading money-winning apprentice in steeplechase racing and the third leading money winner overall. After spending the last three years riding on the flat, he has returned to riding over jumps and trying to get back to the reason he became a jockey in the first place, the horses. He currently lives on a farm outside Baltimore, Maryland.
Foley was discovered by Caballo Press of Ann Arbor’s CEO and publisher Rudolph Alvarado on Facebook. “Tom had posted a number of personal reflections on his Facebook page pertaining to his experiences as a jockey,” Alvarado commented, “and a number of his friends and vistors to the site commented on the fact that he was an excellent writer and that he should have his work published. I felt the same way. Tom’s work is honest and eloquent; qualities that are hard to find in a first time author.”