|Thomas 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.
His memoir, The Simple Game: An Irish Jockey's Memoir,
is his first book. He has ridden as a professional
jockey both on the flat and steeplechasing
for over thirteen years. In his first full year
as a professional jockey, he was the leading
money-winning apprentice in steeplechasing
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.
In 2010, Foley was cast in the role of Jimmy Gaffney
in Walt Disney movie based on the life of Secretariat.
He currently lives on a farm outside
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Simple Game, is a retired professional jockey, who
co-stars with Diane Lane and John Malkovich in
Walt Disney Studio’s feature film Secretariat.
Thorwarth plays the role of Ron Turcotte,
Secretariat's go-to jockey. He grew up in Hot
Springs, Arkansas, the home of Oaklawn Park Race
He came up under trainer Frank Brothers and after
graduating from high school, Brothers sent him to a
farm in Texas. While there, Thorwarth learned to
ride horses by training two-year-old
Thoroughbreds. Following this “apprenticeship,”
Thorwarth started riding professionally at
Oaklawn Park in 1991, where he won his first race
on his first mount at thirty-to-one odds!
He rode all across the Midwest and East coast, and
eventually concentrated his career in Kentucky and
Ohio, where he accumulated four riding titles.
After winning nearly fifteen hundred races, he
retired from riding upon landing the role of Ron
Turcotte. Bitten by the acting bug, Thorwarth is
currently pursuing a career in acting and writing.
He resides in his home town of Hot Springs,
Arkansas, with his wife of eleven years and their
|"A cautionary tale to watch what you're willing to
sacrifice for success, The Simple Game is quite the
read, very highly recommended."