11/17/2012 3:52PM

Jockey Jeff Faul dies after being hit by a car


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.