Biography of Famous Horses and Jockeys: Count Fleet and Johnny Longden
Abou the famous triple crown winner horse Count Fleet and his jockey Johnny Longden, history and biography.
Triple Crown winner of 1943, Count Fleet belongs to one of the most distinguished equine families. His sire, Reigh Count, won the 1929 Derby. His son, Count Turf, took the Derby in 1951, and his grandson, Lucky Debonair took it in 1965. Among his other offspring were Counterpoint, 1951 Horse of the Year, and the 1951 Filly Champion, Kins Me Kate.
Count Fleet showed early talent, winning the Two Year Old Championship in 1942. "Old Zeke" was leading money winner of 1943, as well as Three Year Old Champion/Horse of the Year. Coming down the stretch of the 1943 Belmont Count Fleet injured his leg. Jockey John Longden eased him to an easy victory; but he had to be retired at stud.
British-born John Longden rode until he was 59. He started 32,000 races and won over 6,000. He was leading winner in 1947-1949, and a member of both the Jockey and Racing Halls of Fame. Longden became a successful trainer, too, winning both a Derby and Preakness with Majestic Prince in 1969.
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