DAVY JONES 1945 – 2012

Former Monkees frontman and singer Davy Jones died yesterday at his Florida home of an apparent heart attack.  Jones was 66.

Jones, an aspiring jockey as a youth and a racehorse trainer after his music career slowed spent several summers in Virginia as the celebrity spokesperson of sorts for Colonial Downs racetrack in between Richmond and Williamsburg.

From 2001 to 2003, Jones appeared in all of the track’s radio and TV commercials while he raced a string of horses.  

According to Colonial Downs Marketing Director Darrell Woods, whenever Jones was in town to train his Thoroughbreds or to see them race, he would spend time with fans in the grandstand, sharing his passion for horse racing with many eager listeners.