07/19/2016 12:17PM

Emerald Downs trainer Snowden dies in apparent suicide

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Emerald Downs-based trainer Monique Snowden apparently committed suicide Sunday evening. Snowden was thought to be distraught after a horse she trained, The Chilli Man, broke down in the $50,000 Emerald Express at Emerald on Sunday and had to be euthanized.

Snowden, 37, was thought to have jumped off a bridge into the Green River in Enumclaw, Wash.

Snowden was married to Dennis Snowden, who is the assistant trainer to Frank Lucarelli.

“Dennis said they found her car at the bridge,” Lucarelli said on Tuesday.

“Everybody is devastated. First the horses goes and then this. I told Dennis to take a few days off but he wants to keep working.”

Joe Withee, director of publicity and broadcasting at Emerald Downs, on Tuesday said that details of Monique Snowden’s death were unknown.

The Chilli Man was an impressive debut winner for Snowden and owner Heidi Nelson. Nelson had purchased the son of Trappe Shot for $70,000 out of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s March sale of 2-year-olds in training.

The Chilli Man earned an 81 Beyer Speed Figure for his win, and at the time it was the fourth best figure among 2-year-olds in North America. He was making his last start for Nelson in the Emerald Express. Following the Emerald Express he reportedly was going to be transferred to trainer Kathy Ritvo and owner Dean Reeves, who had purchased him for an undisclosed sum. They were on hand to watch the race at Emerald on Sunday.

 

Jennifer Halkett More than 1 year ago
Words fail, how frightfully sad
Joy Dunn More than 1 year ago
I can't even imagine the pain her family feels or the devastation she felt over the loss of her horse. My heart aches for all of them. I am so very sorry :(
Karen Whitted More than 1 year ago
How very sad.  My prayers and sympathies  go out to Dennis and the owners of such a talented horse.

KosugiJoan More than 1 year ago
I apologize-- I spelled her name wrong..it is Monique
KosugiJoan More than 1 year ago
Please let Monica rest in peace..I pray she has been reunited with her beloved horse. If you have an empathic bone in your body you will see how brave she was to end her suffering on her own terms..it was her decision and none of us have any right to judge. I admire her courage in facing the unknown hereafter... 
Michael Durham More than 1 year ago
That's the presumption of law enforcement. You just looking for something to criticize? 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where does it say that is the presumption of law enforcement?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An awfully low bar at DRF, I guess. No official word about her cause of death, but you presume she committed suicide?
curtis1440clark More than 1 year ago
Are you kidding me? It's news, not something to be swept under the rug. The disgrace belongs to nobody. This particular individual had other demons lurching in the closet. She obviously felt she had no other recourse. And you hide anonymously, at least have the guts to declare who you are.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You do realize that law enforcement is still investigating her death, right?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can report on her death without speculating suicide.
Michael Durham More than 1 year ago
That's the presumption from law enforcement. You just looking for something to criticize? 
Debra Pichanick More than 1 year ago
Couldn't let go.one way or another. So sad

Carrie Walker-Hill More than 1 year ago
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

Peggy Harper More than 1 year ago
I am going to miss Monique.  She was an amazing person and trainer.  She gave our horse so much love and attention.  Walking into the barn and knowing she will never be there again with her bright smile is heart wrenching.  Monique, you will always be the #1 trainer in my opinion and heart.  God Bless.