Jockey rode to victory in 1959 Preakness
Bill Harmatz, 79, a thoroughbred jockey who rode Royal Orbit to victory in the 1959 Preakness Stakes, died Thursday at his home in the San Diego County city of Vista, his daughter Sue Harmatz said. He had cancer.
FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article said the 1959 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes were both won by Bill Shoemaker and Sword Dancer. Shoemaker won the Kentucky Derby with Tomy Lee, and the Belmont with Sword Dancer.
Harmatz began racing professionally at the Caliente track in Tijuana in 1953. Based in Southern California, he had 1,770 wins by the time he retired in 1971. In the other Triple Crown races of 1959, he and Royal Orbit finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Belmont Stakes. Tomy Lee and Bill Shoemaker won the Kentucky Derby, Sword Dancer and Shoemaker won the Belmont.