Married to a jockey, Shelley Riley learned her trade as a trainer in the competitive, male-dominated sport of horse racing while she attended California State University, Sacramento. She later wrote feature articles for the Tri-Valley Herald and, after assembling her notes, photos and the many news articles that were published on the acclaimed stakes-winner in her former racing stable, she produced Casual Lies – A Triple Crown Adventure.
An advocate for adopting retired and rescued greyhounds, Shelley supports the efforts of Walnut Creek’s Golden State Greyhound Adoption group and similar humanitarian organizations. The author lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her rescued greyhound Nigel.
Regarding her Triple Crown adventures with the stakes-winning colt Casual Lies, she writes: “The wonderful part of writing this memoir has been reconnecting with the memory of how much Stanley, my nickname for Casual Lies, meant to me. To recall with clarity how blessed I was to have him, though briefly, in my life. Together we accomplished something unexpected in a male-dominated sport, something no woman has accomplished before or since.”