SHAKOPEE, Minn. - A seasonal worker at Canterbury Park has died from injuries suffered in an accident involving a horse in early September.
The Shakopee Daily News reports that 56-year-old Jorge Ortega of Laredo, Texas was handling a racehorse in the saddling area on September 12 when that horse reared up and crushed him against a wall.
Ortega was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center where he died Monday, Canterbury spokesman Jeff Maday told KARE 11.
The 4-year-old colt, Demidoffs Prospect, is owned by Mohamed El Deeb.
Jorge Ortega was employed as a groom, a seasonal worker who feeds, bathes and maintains 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.
Maday tells KARE 11 the last fatal accident at Canterbury Park was back in 1987. It involved an assistant starter who got pinned under a starting gate.
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