Longtime Penn National jockey dies at 69

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Donald D. Smith, the longtime jockey at Penn National who won more than 1,500 races, has died. He was 69.

Penn National said Smith died Thursday.

Known as D.D., Smith began his riding career in the early 1960s and retired in 1989. He rode in 15,612 races and finished with 1,505 victories and more than $4 million in total purses earned by his mounts.

He rode predominantly at Penn National, Charles Town, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course.

''D.D. was a close friend of mine and a great person to be around,'' said Arnie Iliescu, Penn National's career jockey leader. ''I have the fondest memories of our time together at Penn National, and he will be sorely missed.''

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