Retired Jockey Roger Danjean Dies in Car Crash
Retired jockey Roger Danjean, who won more than 700 races, died Jan. 22 in a car crash in Broward County, Fla. A friend of Danjean's who was in the car also died. According to police, Danjean, 60, lost control of the car while driving at a high speed. The car hit a median, launched into the air, and crashed into a light pole.Danjean rode mostly at tracks in South Florida and the Northeast. From 1976-93, he won 757 races, including the 1981 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga aboard one of the year's best 2-year-olds, Timely Writer. Danjean also won that year's Massachusetts Handicap (gr. III) on Soldier Boy. One of his later stakes winners, Thirty Zip, became the second dam of Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) winner Ghostzapper. Danjean's survivors include his wife and three children.