Woodbine: Exercise Rider Dies After Main Track Accident; Friday’s Race Card Canceled

by | 09.08.2017 | 10:58am
Woodbine Racetrack

Exercise rider Darren Fortune, 43, died from injuries occurred during a training accident on the main track early Friday morning at Woodbine Racetrack.

The Ministry of Labour and other officials are investigating to determine the details of the accident and Woodbine Entertainment Group is offering every possible assistance.

No horses were harmed in the accident.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our community this morning and our hearts and condolences go out to his family and friends,” said Jamie Martin, Executive Vice-President Racing for Woodbine Entertainment Group.

Friday's eight-race card, slated to begin at 1 p.m., has been canceled.

UPDATE: According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, the accident occurred when the horse that Fortune was riding bolted while galloping out at the end of a workout. The horse collided with another horse jogging the other way on the first turn. Fortune was transported to the hospital by paramedics where he later died.

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