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Jockey Jerry Lambert dies at 74; rode Native Diver to championships
Jockey Jerry Lambert dies at 74; rode Native Diver to championships

Jerry Lambert, one of the top jockeys in California during the 1960s and '70s and the rider of Hall of Fame horse Native Diver, was found dead Monday at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, where he lived. He was 74. His death was confirmed by his daughter, Lacey, who said he had been in poor health and apparently died in his sleep. Lambert guided Native Diver to consecutive victories in the Hollywood Gold Cup in 1965, '66 and '67, starting when the gelding was 6 years old. Each time Native Diver won the 1 1/4-mile race leading from start to finish. Lambert led Santa Anita in victories with 77 during the 1967-68 racing season. He was part of a Southern California riding crew that...

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