The racing community mourns the passing of popular jockey agent Mark North, who died yesterday at the Lakewood residence of long-time friend Alan Sherman, the son of trainer Art Sherman.

North was 49 and died peacefully in his sleep after a lengthy battle with lung disease.

“I knew him my whole life,” Alan said. “We’re both from the Bay Area and I knew him when he was a jockey.”

North most recently represented Kyle Frey, whom he helped win an Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice of 2011.

Frey on Saturday won the Jeff Ruby Stakes (formerly the Spiral) for Doug O’Neill on Blended Citizen at TurfwayPark.

“I’ve known Mark ever since I was a kid,” said Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. “I’m sorry to see him go.”

Funeral services are pending, Alan Sherman said.


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