Man who went overboard into Lake Del Valle remembered as friendly, sincere

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BERKELEY (KRON) — Hardworking, friendly and sincere — that’s how Golden Gate Fields Track Announcer Matt Dinerman says he’ll remember 22-year-old Shawn Spikes.

“I was devastated as was everyone else here,” he said. “Shawn was a part of the race track family.”

According to Golden Gate Fields, the San Francisco native grew up attending races with his family.

In 2016, the young jockey won his first race at just 19-years-old.

Spikes is believed to have fallen overboard while boating with friends at Lake Del Valle Tuesday afternoon. 

According to the East Bay Regional Park Police, they got a call a little after 6:20 p.m.Tuesday reporting a man had fallen over the boat and did not come back up. 

Dinerman says there was no denying Spikes was dedicated to horse racing and took pride in his craft

“Shawn, he worked really hard in the morning and he was really good with his horses. He had good hands. [He] loved his horses [and] paid close attention to his horses,” Dinerman said.

Though he’ll miss seeing Spikes ride, Dinerman says it’s his smile that he’ll remember forever.

“We’ve lost one of our own and one of our own who everybody loved,” he said. “All you had to do was see Shawn smile and you would feel a little better about things.”

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