Former jockey and exercise rider James Long was killed in an auto accident late Tuesday night on I-64 in Shelby County, Ky.
The Daily Racing Form reports that Long, 62, had continued to work in the industry as a steward at Hazel Park. He still maintained a home in Frankfort, and would spend time in the area when Hazel Park wasn't running. Long was driving from Louisville to Frankfort at the time of the single-vehicle accident.
According to the Form, Long, began riding in 1974. One of his most notable wins came in 1975, when he piloted Valid Appeal to victory in the Dwyer Handicap. Long won over 300 races in a career that was hampered by injuries. He retired as a jockey in 2008, but continued to exercise horses for trainer Bernie Flint.
On Tuesday, Long had been the featured speaker at an event in Louisville, and was on his way back to Frankfort when the crash occurred. Neither drugs nor alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the accident.
Read more in the Daily Racing Form
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