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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Exercise rider dies of injuries after racetrack collision

Woodbine: scene of tragedy on Friday
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An exercise rider died after two horses collided during training at Woodbine racecourse on Friday.

The Toronto track named the rider as 43-year-old Darren Fortune who died from his injuries in hospital following the incident during early-morning work.

Jamie Martin, executive vice-president of racing for Woodbine Entertainment Group, said: "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." 

Police said they were called to the scene at 7am and launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident. Both the horses involved were unharmed but the day's race meeting was cancelled.

Martin later told CP24 news that Fortune, who also worked as an outrider during racing, was doing a routine workout when his horse bolted.

"The horse bolted on him on the first turn and slammed into another horse that was going in the opposite direction," he said.

"His horse was going at full speed and then bolted to the outside where another horse was slowly jogging the opposite way. The horses were fine and the other rider was fine but Darren unfortunately passed away from his injuries."

The horse bolted him on the first turn and slammed into another horse that was going in the opposite direction

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