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Jockey Mourned in Hong Kong

April 2, 1999

HONG KONG (AP) _ An apprentice jockey who fell from her horse and was trampled to death was remembered Friday at her funeral.

A horseshoe-shaped wreath surrounded Willy Kan Wai-yue’s picture. Kan’s hearse was driven past dozens of fans who had gathered at suburban Shatin race course, where Kan died March 21 after falling off Happy King during a meter race.

Mourners burned offerings of 14 paper horses, which Taoists believe the dead can receive and use in the next world.

Senior Hong Kong Jockey Club officials, jockeys and fans attended Kan’s funeral to pay respects to the 20-year-old woman who began racing in 1997 and last month became the first female jockey to ride in the Hong Kong Derby. Kan won 17 races in her brief career.

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