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List of jockey deaths since 1940..WOW

The Courier-Journal • April 26, 2010

Below is a list of jockeys, provided by the Jockeys’ Guild, who have died from racetrack-related injuries since 1940. The list includes not only U.S. riders, but 14 from Mexico tracks and eight from Canada. It is unclear from the information provided how many were killed in racing accidents or training mishaps. In addition, at least three of the deaths were from steeplechase accidents. Three of the deaths were at Kentucky tracks.


1. Johnny Barba, Aqueduct, NY, Oct. 13, 1940

2. Earl Dew, Caliente, MEX, Feb. 2, 1941

3. John Giangspro, Hialeah, FL, Feb. 19, 1941

4. Troy Everett, N. Vernon Fair, IN, July 24, 1941

5. Hubert Kees, Sportsman's Park, IL, Nov. 1941

6. Albert Stuper, Hipodromo Americas, MEX, Dec. 7, 1943

7. Joseph Pannell, Charles Town, WV, Dec. 9, 1943

8. Herbert Blackner, Sportsman's Park, IL, Feb. 7, 1944

9. Jorge Alfonso, Dade Park, KY, Aug. 17, 1944

10. Clinton Jack Harrell, Caliente, MEX, Feb. 18, 1945

11. Charles Bianco, Caliente, MEX, Feb. 25, 1945

12. Roy Fiocchi, Delaware Park, DE, June 16, 1945

13. John Beedle, Charles Town, WV, July 7, 1945

14. George Woolf, Santa Anita, CA, Jan. 4, 1946

15. Keith Holman, Fair Grounds, AZ, Feb. 15, 1946

16. Cotton Rankin, Caliente, MEX, June 30, 1946

17. Orville Craig, Canton City Fair, OK, Aug. 3, 1946

18. George Witmer, Timonium, MD, Sept. 12 1947

19. Thomas E. Smith, Ak-Sar-Ben, NE, June 27, 1947

20. Eldon Shea, Caliente, MEX, July 13, 1947

21. Roy Craig, Elmwood County Fair, IL, Aug. 2, 1947

22. James McGovern, Pimlico (steeplechase), MD, Nov. 7, 1947

23. John 0'Day, Ruidoso Downs, NM, June 27, 1948

24. Benjamin Legged, Cumberland, MD, July 25, 1948

25. Joseph Molbert, Suffolk Downs, MA, June 6, 1949

26. Donald P. Rettele, Fair Grounds, AZ, Jan. 8, 1950

27. Richard Rozelle, Delaware Park, DE, June 4, 1950

28. John Glisson, Del Mar, CA, Aug. 10, 1950

29. Duane Dolleway, Kalamazoo County Fair, 1951

30. Ralph Fairbanks, Richfield County Fair, UT, June 23, 1951

31. Harry Harris, Aqueduct (steeplechase), NY, June 25, 1951

32. Fred Smith, Hollywood Park, CA, June 28, 1951

33. Benjamin Magnusson, Laramie County Fair, WY, July 15, 1951

34. Thomas Eugene Martin, Scarborough Downs, ME, August 15, 1951

35. Terry Sullivan, Exhibition Park, CAN, Aug. 20, 1951

36. Charles Day, Muncie County Fair, IN, Sept. 9, 1951

37. Hugh Campbell, Long Branch, CAN, Oct. 15, 1951

38. Richard McCraw, Waterford Park, WV, Oct. 24, 1951

39. Richard Allen Thompson, Gulfstream Park, FL, Mar. 21, 1952

40. Pedro Huerto, Caliente, MEX, Aug. 22, 1952

41. Donald Bennett, Dufferin Park, CAN, Oct. 21, 1952

42. Edward Danhauer, Sunshine Park, FL, Jan. 29, 1953

43. David A. Leicht, Beulah Park, OH, Sept. 22, 1953

44. William McCadden, Fair Grounds, LA, Nov. 18, 1953

45. Curtis Day, Rillito (Tucson), AZ, Feb. 6, 1954

46. Jewell Leio Ti, Dwayne County Fair, WA, June, 1954

47. Veron Smith, Rockingham Park, NH, July 5, 1954

48. Lester Wayne Brokaw, Cahokia Downs, IL, Oct. 29, 1954

49. Leo Gibbons, Ruidoso Downs, NM, Aug. 19, 1955

50. Leroy Nelson, Caliente, MEX, Jan. 12, 1956

51. Charles Guinup, Rillito (Tucson), AZ, Feb. 27, 1956

52. Roger Conlan, Cranwood Park, OH, Sept. 19, 1956

53. Cruz Lopez Figueroa, Rillito (Tucson), AZ, Nov. 6, 1956

54. Raul L. Contreras, Caliente, MEX, Dec. 30, 1957

55. Robert Dale Wilmot, Rillito (Tucson), AZ, Feb. 23, 1958

56. Joseph Earl Snyder, Charles Town, WV, June 12, 1958

57. Jack Westrope, Hollywood Park, CA, June 19, 1958

58. Ralph Polichio, Del Mar, CA, Aug. 18, 1958

59. Robert Lewis Luntz, Fairmount Park, IL, Sept. 16, 1959

60. Frederick Rose, Golden Gate Fields, CA, Oct. 24, 1959

61. Richard Ferguson, Pimlico, MD, Dec. 10, 1959

62. Roy Lee Gilbert, Aqueduct, NY, April 4, 1961

63. Charles William Boland, Fort Erie, CAN, May 5, 1961

64. Sidney Cole, Aqueduct, NY, July 11, 1961

65. Clyde H. James, Macon Fair, IL, Aug. 1, 1962

66. Ruben B. Martinez, Bay Meadows (QH), CA, Aug. 9, 1962

67. Alfred T. Branham, Hilltop (Lugoff), SC, Oct. 27, 1962

68. Richard Lujan, Ruidoso Downs, NM, June 7, 1963

69. Charles William Duncan, training track, Feb. 1964

70. David Godair, Brush CO, April 25, 1964

71. Lester Balaski, Caliente, MEX, Sept. 1, 1964

72. David A. Rodriguez, Pikes Peak Meadow, CO, July 2, 1965

73. Philip R. Grohs, Bay Meadows, CA, Dec. 6, 1965

74. Johnnie Paul Duran, Le Mesa Park, NM, May 2 1966

75. Marcos Pena, Pimlico, MD, Feb. 12, 1967

76. Raymond Bernt, Pikes Peak Meadow, CO, June 26, 1967

77. Pierre Biger, Monmouth Park (steeplechase), NJ, July 10, 1967

78. Frederick J. Robertson, Del Mar, CA, Oct. 4, 1967

79. George Glassner, Narrangansett Park, RI, Oct. 12, 1967

80. Leonard Pong, Sportsman's Park, IL, Nov. 9, 1967

81. Philip Moscariello, Garden State Park, NJ, May 6, 1968

82. Joseph Ed Phillippi, Longacres, WA, May 7, 1968

83. Jorge (Vega) Nunez, Hipodromo Americas, MEX, June 23, 1968

84. Gary McMullen, Douglas County Fair, WY, (Douglas\ WY, Aug. 29, 1968

85. Thomas Gary Smith, Thistledown, OH, Sept. 27, 1969

86. Alfonso Munoz, Caliente, MEX, June 29, 1971

87. Flo Garcia, Florida Downs, FL, Dec. 5, 1971

88. Daniel Castle, Portland Meadows, OR, June 8, 1972

89. Earl Knapp, Oaklawn Park, AR, Feb. 19, 1973

90. Jack Robinson, Vallejo, CA, June 20, 1973

91. Henry Wajda, Rockingham Park, NH, July 29, 1973

92. John C. Martin, Shenandoah Downs, WV, Feb. 8, 1974

93. Michael Tornambe, Waterford Park, WV, Feb. 8, 1974

94. Elizabeth Canning, Coeur D'alene, ID, May 25, 1974

95. Donald Barattini, Green Mountain, VT, May 28, 1974

96. Agustin Sandoval, Vancouver B.C., CAN, May 31, 1974

97. Johnnie Hathaway, Waterford Park, WV, Aug. 17, 1974

98. Kent L. Roberts, Prescott Downs, AZ, Aug. 24, 1974

99. Alvaro Pineda, Santa Anita, CA, Jan. 18, 1975

100. Wilfrido Osuna, Caliente, MEX, April 12, 1975

101. Juan Trujillo Gonzalez, Pleasanton, CA, July 5, 1975

102. Michael John Phelps, Ak-Sar-Ben, NE, July 9, 1975

103. Nelma Joan Henderson, Churchill Downs, KY, June 14, 1976

104. Tomas Arroyo Jr., Green Mountain, VT, Sept. 12, 1976

105. Ramos Ubaldo, (track not provided), April 16, 1978

106. Robert Pineda, Pimlico, MD, May 3, 1978

107. George Gomez, Calder, FL, July 16, 1978

108. James Smith, Ruidoso Downs, NM, July 11, 1978

109. Nicanor Navarro, Calder, FL, Dec. 29, 1978

110. Kenneth Pichette, Timonium, MD, Sept. 2, 1979

111. Avelino Gomez, Woodbine, CAN, June 21, 1980

112. Michelle Higley, Centennial, CO, June 29, 1981

113. Kevin Burns, Graham Co. Fair, AZ, April 18, 1981

114. Cheryl Hayden, Prescott Downs, AZ, Aug. 22, 1981

115. Amado Credidio, Aqueduct, NY, March 29, 1982

116. Burleigh Turetskym, Pomona, CA, April 15, 1982

117. Nels Petersen, Turf Paradise, AZ, May 15, 1983

118. Val Tonks, Los Alamitos, CA, May 16, 1983

119. John Dunn, Waterford Park, WV, May 19, 1984

120. Federico Ruiz, Caliente, MEX, Aug. 4, 1984

121. Lynn Estrada, Exhibition Park, CAN, Sept. 3, 1984

122. Charles Hinojosa, Charles Town, WV, July 21, 1985

123. Kevin Lindsey, Blue Ribbon Downs, OK, July 30, 1986

124. Ronald Bartlett, La Mesa Park, NM, Sept. 9, 1986

125. Celso Camarion, Fairplex, CA, Sept. 9, 1988

126. Michael Venezia, Belmont Park, NY, Oct. 13, 1988

127. Stanley Wolfe, Queen City Downs, NE, June, 1989

128. Timothy Stroud, Bandera Downs, TX, May 14, 1989

129. John Alleman, Delta Downs, LA, Aug. 5, 1989

130. Jeff Richter, Beulah Park, OH, May,1990

131. Arturo Vallejo, Sunland Park, NM, Nov. 26, 1990

132. Rodney Dickens, Sportsman's Park, IL, April 7, 1991

133. Lute Proctor, Bay Meadows, CA, June 15, 1991

134. John Hoak, Sun Downs, WA, Sept. 15, 1991

135. Juan Limon, Los Alamitos, CA, July 23, 1994

136. James Thornton, Charles Town, WV, Dec. 11, 1994

137. Raymond Garry, Three County Fair, MA, Sept. 1, 1996

138. Troy Fergen, White Pine Fair, NV, (date not specified) 1996

139. Miguel Figueroa, Barrington Fair, MA, Sept. 13, 1997

140. Kemberly Stogner, Blue Ribbon Downs, OK, May 1, 1998

141. J.C. Gonzalez, Fairplex, CA, Sept. 9, 1999

142. Isaiah Sala, Saskatoon, CAN, Aug. 18, 2001

143. Arnold Ruiz, Beulah Park, OH, Dec. 22, 2001

144. Michael Rowland, Turfway Park, KY, Feb. 9, 2004

145. Christopher Quinn, Fairmount Park, IL, July 19, 2004

146. Michel Lapensee, Suffolk Downs, MA, Oct. 28, 2005

147. Josh Radosevich, Beulah Park, OH, Nov. 16, 2005

148. Juan Campos, Downs At Albuquerque, NM, Aug. 23, 2008

149. Sam Thompson, Los Alamitos, CA, Dec. 25, 2008

150. Mark Page, Blue Ribbon Downs, OK, Oct. 18, 2009

The Courier Journal has some interesting articles especially during Derby week...I found this one quit interesting...................and sad.
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Interesting. May they all rest in peace. So many deaths at Sportsman's Park I see. Strange.
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