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Thursday, December 7
Antley funeral Saturday in S.C.




INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- The body of jockey Chris Antley was scheduled to be flown on Wednesday night from Los Angeles to South Carolina, where family members and friends are gathering for a funeral service and burial on Saturday afternoon in the town of Elloree, S.C.

Antley, 34, the two-time Kentucky Derby winner, was found dead at his Pasadena, Calif., home late Saturday night. His death is being investigated as a homicide by Pasadena police, who said Antley suffered "severe trauma to the head."

Visitation for Antley, in his family's hometown, will be held Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fogle-Hungerpiller Funeral Home in Elloree. The funeral will be held Saturday, beginning at 1:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Elloree.

Antley's family is requesting that donations be made to either the Disabled Jockey's Fund or the Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics were an organization dear to Antley and his widow, Natalie Jowett, an ABC Sports producer, who has told friends that her relationship with Antley blossomed when they attended a Special Olympics competition while dating in the summer of 1999.

Anyone wishing to send flowers or cards can do so through Fogle-Hungerpiller Funeral Home, 602 Main St., Elloree, S.C., 29047.

His body was released from the Los Angeles County Coroner's office on Tuesday night after an autopsy was performed. Although a complete report, including toxicology studies, will not be announced for at least a month, a coroner's spokesman confirmed that Antley had an injury to the head.

The police said they were working methodically. "We need to make sure that if some judge issues an arrest warrant, it's who we're serious about," Lt. Schander said.

Timothy Wyman Tyler Jr., 24, a former house guest of Antley's, remained in jail Wednesday at the Los Angeles Twin Towers Correctional Facility on parole violation charges, according to Deputy Edward Ramirez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Tyler was arrested Sunday morning after being questioned by the police, who discovered outstanding warrants for parole violations in a case involving possession of a controlled substance, having marijuana in his car, and driving under the influence.

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