Ex-Jockey Johnny Longden Dies at 96
LOS ANGELES - Hall of Fame jockey Johnny Longden, who won the Triple Crown aboard Count Fleet in 1943 and was the only man to ride and train a Kentucky Derby winner, died Friday on his 96th birthday in Banning, Calif.
Chase McCoy, an ex-horseman and friend of Longden and his family for many years, said the former jockey and trainer died peacefully in his sleep at about 1:25 p.m. PST.
Longden had been in failing health for several years. He suffered a stroke last August and had been bedridden at his home in Banning for the past four months.
Banning is located 90 miles east of Los Angeles.
"His whole life was racing, and he was one of the greatest," McCoy said.
Longden rode Count Fleet to racing's Triple Crown, with victories in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
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