The horse racing community have been left in mourning following the unexpected death of jockey Alex Canchari aged just 29.
Canchari, who leaves behind a wife and two children, had earned in excess of £24million from over 1,000 winners during his career in the US, with his last outing coming at Prairie Meadows in Iowa last October.
The tragic news of his passing was confirmed by his sister Ashley, who posted on Facebook: "My heart physically hurts. I’m so sorry you were in so much pain Alex and thought there was no other way out.
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"I know you’re happy again with Dad. I don’t even know what else to say, this is an unbelievable loss."
Tributes have poured in for Canchari. Terry Meyocks, CEO and president of the Jockeys' Guild, said: "It's extremely sad. That family has been through so much the last three years."
His brother Patrick was also a successful jockey until a car accident on his way to a meeting in 2020 left him critically wounded. He suffered a traumatic brain injury which has left him with ongoing health problems.
And Canchari’s dad Luis, who became a jockey and trainer after moving to the US from Peru, passed away three years ago.
The social media account of Canterbury Park, a track based in Minnesota where he regularly raced, tweeted: "Alex Canchari achieved his dream as a jockey, following in the footsteps of his father and brother.
"The news of this talented and genuine young man's death has deeply saddened the Canterbury Park family."
The track's announcer, Paul Allen, added: "Just crushed right now hearing jockey Alex Canchari is dead. Damn it, why? Sometimes troubled, sometimes timid, glad I told him I loved him last time we convened."
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