10/04/2013 10:59AM

Canterbury Park: Groom dies from injuries sustained in saddling accident


SHAKOPEE, Minn. – Jorge Ortega, a groom at Canterbury Park, died Monday at Hennepin County Medical Center from injuries sustained in an accident while saddling a horse Sept. 12.

Ortega, 56, was handling Demidoffs Prospect, trained and owned by Mohamed El Deeb, when the horse reared, pushing Ortega into a wall. Ortega, of Laredo, Texas, is survived by a wife and daughter.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Ortega’s family and friends during this time of mourning,” Canterbury Park Chief Executive Randy Sampson said. “This was a tragic accident. Each summer, trainers employ many dedicated workers in the stable area, and they all join our employees to become members of the extended Canterbury family, so we all feel the pain of this loss.”

A memorial fund has been established by the Minnesota Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and Canterbury Park to assist the family. Contributions can be made for Jorge Garcia Ortega through Voyager Bank, 500 Marschall Road, Shakopee, Minn., 55379.


Hail No More than 1 year ago
All thoughts and Blessings to Gregoria Arriago, injured at Los Al last night (Saturday)
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Mark D More than 1 year ago
NFL players and NASCAR drivers are heros for putting their lives on the line...while earling Millions of $$$$$ each year. The average jockey, exersize rider and groom does it everyday for less then most teachers make.
Mike B More than 1 year ago
RIP. Agree with Hail No 100%. Don't hear enough about the wonderful souls on the back side that make it all possible. It is risky, but would like to see even more programs and maybe equipment for grooms in training, safety, handling, etc. (helmet/vest like gate workers wear now for paddock?). Was watching the Monty Roberts video last night where he breaks the wild horse with his horse language methods--this quote stuck out: "back legs can hurt you, front legs can kill you."
nicholas More than 1 year ago
Condolences to the family-- it's a reminder about how dangerous a job it is working with thoroughbreds--not just for jockeys and exercise riders
Hail No More than 1 year ago
RIP, Mr. Ortega, and Blessings and Strength to all of your Family and Loved ones. Taking care of T-Breds is very dangerous at times and the Grooms, Hot walkers, Exercise Riders, etc., are very much undervalued and underpaid for their work and responsibility.
michael More than 1 year ago
Very sad, all our prayers out to Mr. Ortegas family.