Eric Longden, son of riding legend Johnny Longden, died at his home in Carlsbad Nov. 8, according to his widow Sue. He was 67.
Longden had suffered from Lou’s Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), which he was diagnosed with in September 2009.
Longden had been around horses for about 30 years as a trainer, owner and breeder. He trained until 1991 when he shifted his interest to the ownership of restaurants and bars in the Carlsbad area.
Training in California and Washington, Longden conditioned 13 stakes winners. He was the co-breeder of multiple added-money winner Kat Krazy and also trained and owned stakes-winning Midnight Ice. He was the leading trainer several times in the Bay Area and saddled two Washington horses of the year, Boy Tike and Tilt the Balance.
Longden was born in Jamaica, N.Y., on May 7, 1943, six days after his father had ridden Count Fleet to victory in the Kentucky Derby en route to a sweep of the Triple Crown.
In addition to his wife of 26 years, Longden is survived by a sister, Andrea. There will be no funeral services.