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Hall of Fame trainer P.G. Johnson dies

Updated: August 6, 2004, 4:08 PM ET
Associated Press

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Hall of Fame trainer Phil Johnson, who won the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic with long shot Volponi, died Friday. He was 78.

Johnson, who had undergone throat cancer treatment for several years, died at his home in Rockville Centre, N.Y., his family said.

Johnson bred, owned and trained Volponi, who won the $4 million BC Classic at Arlington Park at odds of 43-1. It was the biggest win of Johnson's 60-plus year training career.

"He was a great man and ...

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