Joseph Culmone Sr., 65, a Hall of Fame jockey who rode Prince Siam to a $311,000 first-place finish in the Garden State Stakes in 1965, died of natural causes Tuesday at his Cherry Hill, N.J. home.
With his $31,000 share of the Garden State Stakes -- the richest race in the world that year -- Mr. Culmone bought a house in Laurel, where he would raise a family for the next 25 years.
Mr. Culmone was born in 1931 in Delia, Sicily and immigrated to America as a teen-ager. He quickly became a winning jockey on the New Jersey, Florida and Maryland circuits, riding more than 3,000 winners in a career that spanned from 1949 to 1972.
Mr. Culmone's jockeying feats include tying, in 1950, Walter Miller's 1906 world record of riding 388 winners in a year. After riding two-time Maryland Horse of the Year Rollicking in the early 1970s, Mr. Culmone got out of the saddle. From 1972 through 1975 he trained horses.
Pub Date: 7/28/96