07/20/2016 3:40PM

Husband: Snowden hit hard by loss of colt


Dennis Snowden confirmed on Wednesday that his wife, trainer Monique Snowden, was found dead after apparently committing suicide Sunday evening. Her body was discovered underneath a bridge crossing the Green River in Enumclaw, Wash.

“The medical examiner hasn’t completed his investigation, but they showed me a piece of jewelry that belonged to her,” he said.

Monique Snowden was distraught after a horse she trained, The Chilli Man, broke down in the $50,000 Emerald Express on Sunday and had to be euthanized.

The Chilli Man, who was purchased by Heidi Nelson for $70,000 out of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s March sale of 2-year-olds, was an 11 1/2-length winner when he debuted in a maiden special weight race at Emerald on June 26. He was going to be transferred to trainer Kathy Ritvo and owner Dean Reeves following the Emerald Express.

“Monique felt a lot of pressure about running him Sunday,” Dennis Snowden said. “She didn’t see what was to be gained. She told me he galloped tremendously on Saturday, though. With the deal in the works, he had also been X-rayed extensively, and they all confirmed he was sound.”

The last time Snowden saw his wife was during the card Sunday, when another horse she trains, Thetrailerguy, finished out of the money in the ninth race.

Snowden is the assistant to trainer Frank Lucarelli.

“I had my arm around her trying to console her because she was crying and was devastated,” he said. “Frank had a horse in the last race, and I told her I would see her after the race. When I went to the barn, she was gone. I tried to call her, but she never answered.”

Monique Snowden, 37, began training Thoroughbreds in 2010. She won 31 races from 193 starters.

“She was completely dedicated to her horses,” said Dennis Snowden. “She was a great student and was very successful in just a short time. Look at what she did with Disruption. She brought him back to win a race after being off for over a year, and she was very proud of him when he came back to finish third to Stryker Phd in the Mount Rainier.”
Snowden said Monique became depressed when her mother died from cancer a few years ago.

“It was really tough on her, and she was never really the same after it happened,” he said. “She still loved her life working with horses, and she was so positive about a lot of things. She just took what happened on Sunday too hard.”

Snowden said a memorial service will be planned after his wife’s body is released by the medical examiner.