02/26/2011 4:03PM

Jockey Joe Farley dies in automobile accident


Joe Farley, a jockey since 2007, died Saturday morning following an automobile accident on his way to work at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa. He was 20.

Vernon Rings, Farley’s agent, said police suspected excessive speed was the likely cause for the one-car accident. Rings said Saturday afternoon that funeral arrangements were pending. Farley is survived by both parents, one brother, and three sisters. The family is from Jonestown, Pa., according to Rings.

Farley rode primarily at Penn National but also had ridden at other tracks in the mid-Atlantic area. For his career, he won 141 races from 1,780 mounts for earnings of more than $2.8 million. At the time of his death, he was tied for 11th in the Penn standings with seven wins at a meet that began Jan. 3.