A well-known retired jockey was killed Tuesday night in a crash on Interstate 64, according to multiple media reports.
James Long, 62, of Frankfort worked as a jockey for 33 years and earned more than $1 million in his career.
Long’s vehicle left the eastbound lanes of I-64 in Shelby County about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, went airborne and landed in the median, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Long, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, died at the scene, deputies said.
Long was one of the few black jockeys in horse racing during the 1970s. He reflected on his career last year at the first Phoenix Festival in Lexington.
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At that event, Long spoke about his first win, in July 1974 in New York. He went on to ride Valid Appeal to his biggest win at the Dwyer Handicap at Belmont Park in 1975.
Earlier Tuesday night, Long had spoken at The Courier-Journal’s Louisville Storytellers Project, according to the newspaper.