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Johnny Longden

Profession: Hall of Fame Jockey

Nationality:
Canada
Canadian

Why Famous: Won the Triple Crown in 1943 riding Count Fleet.

Born: February 14, 1907
Birthplace: Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: February 14, 2003 (aged 96)
Cause of Death: Stroke

Historical Events

  • 1943-05-01 69th Kentucky Derby: Johnny Longden wins aboard heavy favourite Count Fleet in the 'street car Derby'
  • 1943-05-08 68th Preakness: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 1:57.4
  • 1943-06-05 75th Belmont: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 2:28.2
  • 1952-05-15 Johnny Longden becomes 2nd jockey to ride 4,000 winners
  • 1956-09-03 American Johnny Longden becomes thoroughbred racing's winningest rider, breaking the record of 4,870 wins by British jockey Sir Gordon Richards; rides Arrogate to victory in the Del Mar Handicap
  • 1957-02-28 Jockey Johnny Longden's 5,000th career victory
  • 1966-03-12 Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins)
  • 1970-06-07 American jockey Bill Shoemaker passes Johnny Longden with his 6,033 career win

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