11/17/2012 4:52PM

Jockey Jeff Faul dies after being hit by a car

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Jockey Jeff Faul died Friday night in Cankton, La., after being hit by a car, confirmed his fellow Delta Downs rider and longtime friend, Gerard Melanon. Faul was 47.

Faul was a Louisiana native who won the first race of his career at Delta Downs, on Jan. 3, 1982. His last mount also came at Delta, on Nov. 3. In between, Faul won 1,776 races from 13,747 starts, for career mount earnings of $13,879,176.

Faul’s career was interrupted in 2003, when he was suspended six years for carrying an electrical device in a race at the now-shuttered Great Lakes Down in Michigan. He was reinstated by officials in Michigan, and resumed riding in 2010.

Melancon, who grew up with Faul, said the Delta riding colony wore black bows on their sleeves in the first race Saturday in honor of Faul.

“We were on the same boxing team as kids,” said Melancon.

Melancon said Faul’s survivors include brothers Ricky Faul, a jockey at Delta;  Demeitrus Faul, a former jockey; Marcus Faul and Shane Faul. He also is survived by two sisters, Denise and Jenny. Faul also has two adult children, Jeffrey Jr., and Tyler.

Service are pending. Faul lived near Lafayette, La.

Fonda Hackett More than 1 year ago
Thank You Mr. Caine Thibodeaux for adding his daughter and two grandbabes. Deeply appreciated.
Caine Thibodeaux More than 1 year ago
Also survivors included his daughter Shantel "Nikki" Prudhomme and two grandchildren Jaysa Nicole Paige Prudhomme and Jazlynn Calyee Shea Adams.
lilyanne12 More than 1 year ago
I hope to see you again one my friend . Leona Ice
lilyanne12 More than 1 year ago
Jeff Faul you were my friend . God bless you . Rest in peace . I'm so sorry for the family . May god be with you all . Leona Ice
Fonda More than 1 year ago
R.I.P. JEFFRRY FAUL. It sads me to know that we were not given enough time to all come together and be a fly again, but I thank you jeff making the time that you have given Jaysa. I just wish both of you could of filled yal dream, to go ride horse together, jaysa said she was going to be the next (JEFFERY FAUL) a famous horse racer. I will do everything I can to keep her dream and be very much involvEd with horses. We going to miss you Jeff alot. Now rest in pice. Love you, love Fonda and jaysa
Fonda More than 1 year ago
R.I.P PAPA JEffery Faul, jeff Faul has a beautiful grandaugther Jaysa Nicole Paige Pruhdomme. Jaysa is 9yrs old. Jeff,and his daughter Shantel were both reunited with Jaysa a couple of mo. Ago at Evanglane Downs, I (Jaysa grandma) brought her there to see them again after 5yr of being apart from them was so happy that I could once fofill Jsysas dream and thst was to see her mom and papa again. Jeff has came a long way from tge last time we seen hi, BIG IMPROVEMENT WITH HIS LIFE. HE Was ready to makeup the time that he had missed with jaysa, she was so proud to say, ma papa Jeffery Faul is famous hores racer. He promise jaysa if she was at the race and won, he wonted her to be on that horse to take a picture with him. I pain for her cause we could not make all the races. But at least I got some memory pictures that we have taken of her and papa Jeff. Thank you God for give her the chance to met with her papa again. I will miss you darly papa LOVE JAYSA
Cindy Deville More than 1 year ago
Shame on you the reporter Mary R. and the Daily Racing Form ,HOW LOW WILL YOU GO !!!!! How very said to post such negative comments along with the death announcement wears the heart people. May God Bless him and keep him , May he rest in peace My thoughts and prayers go out to the family .
laura ban More than 1 year ago
What a terrible thing to happen. Hit by a car! Gets so you can't even cross a street anymore for fear of your life. My heart goes out to his family and friends. R.I.P. Mr. Faul.
Charley More than 1 year ago
I can't think of a worse thing a jockey could do as using and getting caught with a buzzer.That being said he paid his dues with a 6 year suspension.I am a contributor to the Disabled Jockey Fund and also support the Guild.A few years ago jockey Mark Villa was also killed in a tragic car accident which left behind 2 small children.We all in the horse racing industry love and respect our brave jockeys.Rest in peace my brother.
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
He died you MORON. This article was NOT about an electrical device. GO WALK IN TRAFFIC.
Charley More than 1 year ago
Read the article if you can read?
pathagan More than 1 year ago
Mark Villa was killed in a horse race at Zia Park 2 years, not a car accident.
Charley More than 1 year ago
Your right it was during a race.Very sad he was a plus for the racing industry.
Mike Martino More than 1 year ago
My thoughts and prayers go out to Jeff and his family. I rode with him and he was a great friend and jockey. He rode to win. He is at peace now and doesn't have to battle the demons and the media anymore. Look at his racing record it speaks for itself . You bet on Jeff not against him. Why do people have to drag up the wreckage , let's remember the good things and good times and those who cashed in their win tickets on him. He was a competitor but also a a soft heart always thinking of others. I hope to see you at the big oval that God has prepared for us in heaven. Rest in peace . Mike martino