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Saturday, December 9
Family remembers Antley's zeal for life

ELLOREE, S.C. -- Jockey Chris Antley was buried in his hometown Saturday.

Antley, a two-time Kentucky Derby winner, was found dead in his Pasadena, Calif., home on Dec. 2, with severe head trauma.

On Saturday, under a gray sky, mourners, including jockeys Herb McCauley, Craig Perratt and Joe Rocco, filled a 300-seat sanctuary at First Baptist Church as about 100 more people listened to the service over speakers in a fellowship hall.

"You could see the zeal he had for life," Don Antley said of his nephew. "If you'd met Chris, you'll never forget him."

To one side of the altar there was a cross made of white flowers. On the other side was an easel supporting a framed color photograph of Antley in his jockey colors.

Antley, 34, won 3,480 career races from 19,719 mounts.

One memorial at the graveside recalled Antley's actions after he rode Charismatic to victory in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but then leapt off at the Belmont Stakes as the chestnut injured its leg.

"You won the Kentucky Derby," the memorial read. "You won the Preakness. And in the Belmont Stakes, you won our hearts."

Police are treating Antley's death as a homicide. An autopsy conducted Tuesday was inconclusive, and further tests were expected to take six to eight weeks. Neither police nor the coroner have further explained the type of head trauma.

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