08/16/2016 4:12PM

Northern California jockey, trainer Tony Diaz dies at 67


Antonio L. “Tony” Diaz, a top Northern California rider and trainer died of cancer Monday at age 67.

Diaz was the leading rider on the Northern California circuit during the 1970s prior to the arrival and development of Russell Baze. He won a number of riding titles at both Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows while scoring 2,505 career wins before his retirement in 1992. His mounts earned more than $20 million.

Following his retirement, Diaz began training horses and took Meadow Rendezvous to the 1993 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, where she finished eighth under his brother, Juvenal Diaz.

Diaz had 441 winners from 2,421 starters as a trainer, missing nearly two years after a serious stroke in 2002. His runners won 2 of 6 starts this year, with his final winner being Compadre Sam in a March 13 maiden special weight race at 5 1/2 furlongs.

Diaz is survived by his wife, Martha; son, Tony Jr.; daughters Yesenia, Sandra and Norma Lopez; and two brothers, jockeys Juvenal Diaz and Adalberto Lopez.

Anthony Johnson More than 1 year ago
I met Mr. Tony Diaz while working for an insurance company in San Mateo, he was a very kind gentleman, he invited me to come to the track with my family had get me a table and a bottle of wine' may he rest in peace 
Andy Psarras More than 1 year ago
His last winner was sandor the hound June 23 at Pleasanton 
Vic Stauffer More than 1 year ago
The consummate race tracker. Tony had his ups and downs but was always the total gentleman. Consistent of character. Kind man. There will a huge void in the racetrack rummy game in the GGF kitchen every morning. RIP Antonio. You'll be missed.
Rashelle Zaugg More than 1 year ago
My deepest condolences ,I got to know Tony at Bay meadow ,he was amazing man who loved his family .we will miss his smile and kind heart and his love for game of racing...very sad, but he's up in heaven joking and laugh playing race track Rummie