Diane Nel­son dies

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Diane J. Nel­son, a mul­ti­ple graded-stakes win­ning jockey who rode over 1,000 win­ners while cap­i­tal­iz­ing on her good looks with a mod­el­ing ca­reer, has died. She was 54. Nel­son died July 5, ac­cord­ing to a post on the Moloney Fam­ily Fu­neral Homes of New York’s web­site. There was no cause of death listed and no obit­u­ary. A memo­rial ser­vice was held Mon­day at Mother Teresa Trib­ute Cen­ter at Nas­sau Suf­folk Cre­ma­tory in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Nel­son was the sixth fe­male jockey in North Amer­ica to reach 1,000 win­ners. She had 1,095 vic­to­ries from 9,905 ca­reer races and purse earn­ings of $19,106,392, ac­cord­ing to Equibase. Nel­son was one of the elite women jock­eys in the sport, al­though she never rode in any of most pres­ti­gious Triple Crown or Breed­ers’ Cup races. She rode reg­u­larly on the highly com­pet­i­tive New York cir­cuit, where at times she was the lone woman. Nel­son’s ca­reer be­gan at New York’s Aqueduct Race­track on Feb. 27, 1986. She rode her last race at the same track on Jan. 20, 2007. She won eight graded stakes races in her ca­reer, in­clud­ing the Grade I Pri­oress Stakes with Acey Deucey in 2005 at Saratoga.

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