Updated on 06/26/2014 9:13AM

Exercise rider dies at Woodbine


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – An exercise rider died in a freak accident at Woodbine early Tuesday morning.

Mourad Boudraa, a 41-year-old native of Morocco, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics after sustaining massive head injuries when the horse he was riding crashed into a fence in the sand ring, a quarter-mile track used for light training. The horse, Tawney’s Wish, a maiden 3-year-old filly trained by Don Pleterski, died from an apparent heart attack.

An investigation is ongoing, and both the coroner and representatives from the Ministry of Labor were on scene after the accident.

"We are working closely with officials to support them in their investigation," said Jamie Martin, executive vice president of racing for Woodbine Entertainment Group. "Our hearts and sympathies go out to Mourad Boudraa's loved ones in this sad and very difficult time."

Martin said Tawney’s Wish was sent to the University of Guelph for a necropsy, which is an examination of the body.


denali1 More than 1 year ago
It really shows how dangerous it can be when jumping on a horses back. I send my prayers and thoughts to his family. In this business you never know. I have always thought that jockeys and riders are the most courageous athletes who earn every penny they make. I am not buying into a heart attack for a 3 yr old horse. Yes it can happen i suppose but for the sake of a person losing their life. I hope they find out what truly happen.
nick More than 1 year ago
I was an exercise rider many years ago. It's not as dangerous as the jockey's job but it can be life threatening at any given moment. And the person Ken N who made the remark about horse meat for Japan. On an article about the loss of a person and an innocent animal, needs to read other web sites.
johnd More than 1 year ago
Remember all the horses dying in Baffert's barn from heart attacks only to find out they were being given massive amounts of thyroid drugs that lead to their deaths. Do a blood work on the horse to find out exactly what was in its blood stream.
John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
Wow. A three year old filly dies of a "Heart Attack".?
ken n More than 1 year ago
Fresh horsemeat for Japan.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
Americans talk about how brave NASCAR Drivers are putting their lives at risk for a few million dollars a year. I hate to think what that exercise rider got paid simply doing what he loved. Of course this will never make ESPN news.
CHris SChott More than 1 year ago
Tragic. Condolences. If is unfortunate when we are reminded what a dangerous industry horse racing is.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
GOD BLESS the whole situation.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
Terrible news to start the morning, condolences to the exercise rider and to the connections of Tawney's Wish
Hail No More than 1 year ago
yeah, Marty, you read my post wrong, didn't ya, man up and admit, I hold no ill will.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
if you want you can post your address and i'll show up at your house, but I'm not going to start anything in an article about a human being passing and horse dying.
mikeg More than 1 year ago
Don't hold your breath waiting for that.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Post your address, tough guy, it'll be the last thing you do, you don't spew nonsense like you did and think everything is all honky dory, pazz. Just man up and admit you were wrong. Your faux condolences, won't cut it. It would take a human being to have empathy for another human being, poser.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
As bad as it can get... Condolences to all.