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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2005 6:51 am 
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We are fast approaching the one year anniversary of the death of jockey Michael Francis Rowland.

Mike died on Feb. 9, 2004, at University Hospital in Cincinnati, OH as a direct result of a spill at Turfway on Feb 4th.

A few facts about Mike:

Born Sep 12-63, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Died at age of 40.

Races won: 3,998.

Years rode: 24

Leading rider at Tdn: 7 times; 29 meet titles.

Stakes won: 30 [at Tdn].

First winner: 1979 at Delta Downs on Ram's Princess.

Total money won: 28 million plus.

Notable achievements: Won six races in a day, twice, Mar '91 & Oct '99.
Won his 3.000th race in Nov '98.

Survived by: wife, Tammy & 3 children.

R.I.P., Mike.

Much too young to die that way.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2005 12:58 pm 
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ballymoss wrote:
We are fast approaching the one year anniversary of the death of jockey Michael Francis Rowland.

Mike died on Feb. 9, 2004, at University Hospital in Cincinnati, OH as a direct result of a spill at Turfway on Feb 4th.

A few facts about Mike:

Born Sep 12-63, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Died at age of 40.

Races won: 3,998.

Years rode: 24

Leading rider at Tdn: 7 times; 29 meet titles.

Stakes won: 30 [at Tdn].

First winner: 1979 at Delta Downs on Ram's Princess.

Total money won: 28 million plus.

Notable achievements: Won six races in a day, twice, Mar '91 & Oct '99.
Won his 3.000th race in Nov '98.

Survived by: wife, Tammy & 3 children.

R.I.P., Mike.

Much too young to die that way.
:cry tragic


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2005 1:38 pm 
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Our blessings go out to his loved ones.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2005 2:16 pm 
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I have always wondered WHY jockeys do it- to their bodies', their life, everything seems a super hard life (most things connected to horses are imo), but Jockeys I love them to bits and any jockey that is out there every day or every other gets my respect instantly.

RIP


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2005 4:40 pm 
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Ruffian wrote:
I have always wondered WHY jockeys do it- to their bodies', their life, everything seems a super hard life (most things connected to horses are imo), but Jockeys I love them to bits and any jockey that is out there every day or every other gets my respect instantly.

RIP
i got to agree with you....why do they do it....gotta be some sort of inferiority complex being so small..lots to prove. ever wonder why the small dogs are the ones that always bite ? same reason. little men with lots of courage.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2005 6:51 am 
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It is better to die when you love your lifes work. When you hate your job, you are always on the racer's edge.
Mike was an example of this God Bless You Mike, may your next ride be victorious.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2005 9:20 am 
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Jockey Richard Migliore, himself no stranger to racing accidents, just passed a milestone, winning his 4,000th race.

He remarked about Mike Rowland, which was a very nice and classy thing to do.


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