Shawn Spikes

Shawn Spikes Jr. (March 15, 1996-June 11, 2019)[2] was a professional American thoroughbred jockey.[3][4] Spikes had a total of 141 starts and 3 career wins racing at Golden Gate Fields.

Shawn Spikes Jr.
Born(1996-03-15)March 15, 1996
San Francisco, California, US
DiedJune 11, 2019(2019-06-11) (aged 23)
Career wins3[1]
Significant horses
Game Seeker (1st Win)


Three years later on March 13, 2016, Spikes won his first race in racing Game Seeker in race 1 at Golden Gate Fields.[5][6][7]


Sean Spikes attended Gateway High School in San Francisco, California and graduated in 2013.

Disappearance and deathEdit

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - Spikes was with some other people on a small boat they had rented shortly before he was seen going under the water in the Swallow Bay area of the lake just before 6:30 p.m. Authorities said that portion of the lake is not staffed with a lifeguard. Authorities said it was not clear if Spikes fell or jumped into the water. It was also not immediately clear if he knew how to swim or wore a life jacket. East Bay Regional Park District police and firefighters responded to the scene and were joined by the Alameda County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department divers to conduct a search, authorities said. Searchers used a helicopter and boats before calling off the search just after midnight. The search resumed later Wednesday morning, and Spikes’ body was found before noon in more than 40 feet of water, authorities said. Authorities said his relatives were at the lake when he was found.[8]


  1. ^ "Report: Body Found In Lake Believed To Be Jockey Shawn Spikes". Paulick Report. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  2. ^ Staff, BloodHorse. "Spikes Rides First Winner at Golden Gate". Blood Horse. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  3. ^ Davis, Christina. "Horse jockey talks about preparing for the horse races at the Big Fresno Fair". ABC 30. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Drowning Victim Identified As Local Horse Jockey". SF Gate. SF Gate. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Go Behind-The-Scenes At The Horse Races At Alameda County Fair". KPIX CBS SF Bay Area. KPIX CBS SF BAY AREA. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  6. ^ Release, Press. "Golden Gate: Jockey Shawn Spikes Earns First Career Victory". Paulick Report. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Golden Gate Fields Final" (PDF). Golden Gatefields. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  8. ^ Harris, Harry. "Drowning victim from Livermore's Lake Del Valle was jockey with bright future". East Bay Times. Retrieved 26 February 2021.