Canterbury Park worker dies after mishap with racehorse

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A licensed groom at Canterbury Park died this week due to injuries stemming from an accident at the track's stables in September.

Shakopee Valley News reports 56-year-old Jorge Ortega of Laredo, Texas was handling racehorse Demidoffs Prospect, owned by Mohamed El Deeb, during pre-saddling on Sept. 12 when the 4-year-old Colt reared, pushing Ortega into a wall.

He was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where he died Monday, according to Canterbury spokesman Jeff Maday.

A fund has been established to assist Ortega's family. Contributions can be made to Memorial Fund for Jorge Garcia Ortega through Voyager Bank, 500 Marschall Road, Shakopee, MN 55379.

Grooms feed, bath and maintain the overall health of racehorses. They are also responsible for handling the 1,100-pound thoroughbreds who are apt to bite, kick or trample anyone perceived as a threat. USA TODAY called the profession the No. 1 worst job in sports.

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