Written By: Ishton W. Morton – May 27th, 2019
According to a WLWT TV5 News bite, a well-known 28-year-old up-and-coming jockey was killed early Monday morning on Memorial Day in a Northern Kentucky crash.
Reportedly, Euclyn “Pede” Prentice Jr. was killed in a crash at approximately 12:30 A.M. on Monday near the intersection of Houston Road and Hansel Avenue in Florence.
Officials with the Florence Police Department said; “Prentice struck the driver’s side of a TANK bus at the intersection.
Accordingly loved one’s said the crash happened after Prentice left to go home after having dinner with friends.
According to investigators, Prentice was thrown from his vehicle and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Also, no one inside the TANK bus was injured.
In conversation with WLWT TV5 News I learned that the beloved jockey and is from St. Croix U. S. Virgin Island and a father of an 8-year-old little girl presently residing in St. Croix.
According to a former track announcer – Ed Meyer he called Prentice one of Belterra’s bright and rising stars.
Meyer continues to say; “He was just starting to make his way into the racing game. Twenty-eight years old is such a horrible loss. Words will never do it justice. He was part of our family here. He was part of our racing family. The fans loved him.”
As someone who is from the Virgin Islands, I cannot fathom the pain that his loved ones are experiencing.
According to John Mckee who added; “He is from the Virgin Islands, and I will tell you, there are people like myself that are from here and love him. A horse jockey can be replaced but he can’t.”
Meyer continued to say; “Pede was home everywhere he went. Everywhere was home for Pede. He loved racing, but he loved people even more.”
Additionally, McKee said; he was affectionately nicknamed Pede from his grandfather, those who knew him say his charisma and heart will forever be remembered.
Also, “he was loved, he was kind. He had a kind soul. He had a kind spirit. Very giving He had that smile, handshake, hug and hi five. He was described as a tenacious spirit who encouraged those around him to never give up.”
Thusly, McKee said; “I will never forget it. His motto was ‘prove them wrong.’ I will never forget that!”
Accordingly, Belterra held a moment of silence Monday after a race in honor of Prentice and hopes to do more soon.