Racehorse trainer dead after being crushed by horse at Toronto’s Woodbine track

The Canadian Press
Published on June 24, 2014
Brodie MacPhee and Ramblinglily try to pass leader Mike Stevenson and Scootin for Joy on the outside during an A Division race for the Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing fillies June 9 at Truro Raceway. Windemere Maggie and Marc Campbell, left, ended up taking the win in 1:59 in what was the season-opener for the stakes calendar. Matthew Veno – Truro Daily News

TORONTO — A racehorse exercise trainer has died after being crushed by a horse at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto’s northwest.

Toronto police say the unidentified rider was in the saddle this morning when the horse went into an “unexplained wild gallop.”

The trainer was crushed into the track railing and then by the weight of the horse as it collapsed.

A horseracing source says the horse, Tawney’s Wish, was a three-year-old dark filly with one start this year and $368 in winnings.

Officials from the provincial Ministry of Labour are on the scene, along with police forensics experts and detectives.

The identity of the trainer has not been released.