Alex Canchari, a jockey who frequently rode at Canterbury Park and Prairie Meadows, committed suicide on March 1, his sister Ashley Canchari verified online on March 2.
Once again, the news of a jockey’s suicide via social media has sent shockwaves across the racing business.
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. Alex pictured below on left with Luis and Patrick. #ShakopeeKid pic.twitter.com/iZUI4j8vu6
— Canterbury Press Box (@CBYTrackFlack) March 2, 2023
Canchari was born into a racing family in Shakopee, Minnesota. In March 2020, his brother Patrick Canchari, also a jockey, was in a car accident that left him disabled. Their father, Peruvian trainer and rider Luis Canchari passed away in 2020. Alex has a wife and two kids.
“It’s shocking; his riding ability was top-notch,” Prairie Meadows assistant racing secretary Chad Keller said. “It’s unfortunate, whatever he was dealing with at his passing.
Hopefully, the family will be able to find closure through this difficult time. Prairie Meadows is shocked and very saddened to hear we have lost Alex; he was an excellent rider and will be sorely missed.”
On May 25, 2022, at Canterbury Park, Alex Canchari rode Tonka Warrior to triumph in the day’s final race, a maiden special weight, marking his 1,000th career winner. While this triumph was achieved in front of his home crowd, he felt a special connection to them and made sure to let them know how much they meant to him.
“This is the place I spent my formative years. When I was a kid, I worked at the concession stand here “After achieving this feat, Canchari shared the news with the media.
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In 2018, the young jockey’s best year, he rode 812 horses at the races, won 120 of them and made $3,727,351.
“I felt really sad when I heard the news of Alex’s passing last night. I’m very heartbroken; he is someone I have known for a very long time, and before he was riding, he used to rub horses in Chicago when I was riding there,” jockey Florent Geroux, a friend of the deceased rider, said.
“Through the years, we always kept in contact. Wherever I rode, we used to try to meet up and do things together. If I won a big race, Alex was always the first to text and congratulate me, and I did the same for him. I don’t know what went wrong in his personal life, but I feel very sad for his wife, family, and friends.”
Ashley Canchari the rider’s sister has set up a GoFundMe to collect money for the family.
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