12/20/2014 8:38PM

Former Canadian jockey Swatuk dies at 65

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Brian Swatuk, 65, a former jockey at Woodbine, died Dec. 13 from cancer at an Ontario hospice.

Swatuk won several Canadian classics during his long career, most notably the 1979 Queen’s Plate on Steady Growth. He rode Coryphee to victory in the 1987 Prince of Wales Stakes, and won the 1985 Breeders’ Stakes aboard Crowning Honors. He also won stakes on Dance Smartly, Wilderness Song and Meafara.

Swatuk won 1,074 races between 1976 and 2003. A celebration of his life will take place next year.