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Johnny Longden Net Worth

Johnny Longden Net Worth is
$18 Million

Johnny Longden Biography

John Eric Longden (February 14, 1907 – February 14, 2003) was an American Hall of Fame jockey who was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England. His father emigrated to Canada in 1909, settling in Taber, Alberta. By 1912, Longden Sr. had saved enough money to send for his wife and young son to join him in Canada. However, the Longdens' train was late getting to the port of Southampton, and they missed their scheduled voyage to New York City on the Titanic.As a young man, Johnny Longden worked in the mining industry. His love of horses and horse-racing led him to leave Canada in 1927 to seek opportunities as a jockey in California's burgeoning racing scene. Based at Santa Anita Park, by 1956 he had become thoroughbred racing's winningest rider, breaking the record of 4,870 wins by British jockey Sir Gordon Richards (1904–1988). During his illustrious career, Longden, who was called "The Pumper" by his fellow jockeys because of his riding style, rode many of the great thoroughbreds of the day. In 1943, he captured the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing winning the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes aboard Count Fleet. A sculptured bust of Longden, along with busts of fellow jockeys William Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay, has been placed in the paddock area at Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California.A founding member of the Jockeys' Guild in 1940, Longden was the United States' leading jockey in races won in 1938, 1947, and 1948. He was also the leading jockey in purses won in 1943 and 1945. He was voted the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1952 that honors a rider whose career and personal conduct exemplify the very best example of participants in the sport of thoroughbred racing. In 1958, Longden was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. He retired the following year as the jockey with the most wins in racing history with 6,032 victories from his 32,413 mounts. His last ride was in the 1966 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita Park, which he won aboard George Royal in a stretch duel. The clubhouse at Santa Anita Park contains an oil painting of the finish of this race. The image was used for the cover of the Santa Anita official program during the 1967 racing season.During the 1956-57 season of I Love Lucy, Longden portrayed himself in the episode entitled "Lucy And The Loving Cup." Desi Arnaz as "Ricky" awarded the cup to Longden, but it was attached to Lucy's head. Earlier in the day, Lucy put the cup over her head as a joke, but it got stuck and she was unable to remove it. Instead she traveled all over NYC on the subway unable to see where she was going as she was separated from Ethel. Johnny stated that it was a nice cup and that it would look good in his trophy collection but wondered what he was going to do with Ricky's wife.Longden operated a racing stable under the name Alberta Ranches Ltd. in partnership with longtime friend Max Bell. On Ja

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Quick Facts

Date Of BirthFebruary 14, 1907
Died2003-02-14
Place Of BirthWakefield, West Yorkshire, England, UK
ProfessionActor
Star SignAquarius


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Inducted into the National Racing Hall of Fame in 1958.
2Inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1976.
3Inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1958.
4Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 336-337. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
5Only man in history to win the Kentucky Derby as a jockey (1943 on Count Fleet) and as a trainer (Majestic Prince in 1969).
6Rode 6,032 winning horses (a world record at the time) in a racing career that covered nearly 40 years, including a sweep of the 1943 Triple Crown aboard Count Fleet.
7Died on his 96th Birthday.
8Won horseracing's US Triple Crown in 1943 aboard Count Fleet.
9At age two, emigrated with his family to Taber, Alberta, Canada. In 1927 went to California to find work as a Thoroughbred racing jockey.


Filmography

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Winner's Circle1948Jonnny Longde - Jockey

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Greatest Sports Legends1978TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1969TV SeriesHimself - Audience Bow
That Regis Philbin Show1965TV SeriesHimself
I Love Lucy1957TV SeriesHimself

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