How Did Alex Canchari Die? Cause Of Death Revealed

A heartbreaking new detail has emerged in the tragic death of jockey Alex Canchari. Canchari’s’sudden and unexpected’ death were confirmed by his sister Ashley yesterday. He is survived by his fiancee, Brooke-Lyn, and their two young children, Leon and Penelope. He was 29 years old.

A GoFundMe page set up to help the three revealed Brooke-Lyn is pregnant with their third child, due in August, according to the Star Tribune. Ashley’s heartfelt Facebook post went viral yesterday as word of her brother’s death spread.

She stated: “My heart physically hurts. I’m so sorry you were in so much pain Alex and thought there was no other way out.

“I know you’re happy again with Dad. I don’t even know what else to say, this is an unbelievable loss.”

Who was Alex Canchari?

Canchari, one of Canterbury Park’s most skilled riders, is seventh on the track’s all-time earnings list ($7.11 million). He ranks eighth all-time in terms of win percentage (.188) and seventh in terms of in-the-money percentage (.494). Canchari won 334 races at Canterbury, and his 1,000th career win came there last May. During his 12-year career, he won 1,044 races from 7,598 starts and earned $28.6 million in purse money. Canchari raced mostly at Midwest tracks, but he also competed at some of the sport’s most famous tracks, including Churchill Downs and Santa Anita.

Canchari was fearless and daring on horseback. He was also known for his kindness and generosity, as well as his fondness for racing fans. Canchari frequently spoke with spectators and gave his racing goggles to children gathered near the winner’s circle at Canterbury. Many Canterbury residents knew Canchari from his first job at the track, serving Mexican food in the grandstand before he became a jockey. He told people back then that he wanted to be a jockey, like his father, Luis, and brother Patrick.

Canchari began his career just days before his 18th birthday in 2011. He led his mounts to a career-high 140 victories in 2016, and his best year for purse earnings was in 2018 when he earned $3.73 million. Over the course of his career, he won 14% of his races and finished in the money in 40% of them. Canchari’s most notable victories at Canterbury were the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Stakes, which he won aboard Secret Someone in 2016, and the $100,000 Curtis Sampson Oaks, which he won with Stoupinator in 2013. He also rode some of Canterbury Park’s most famous horses, including Hot Shot Kid, A P Is Loose, Amy’s Challenge, and Honey’s Sox Appeal.

How Did Alex Canchari Die?

Canchari’s death was confirmed by Canterbury Park in a tweet on Thursday morning. Ashley Canchari, Canchari’s sister, also shared the news on social media, calling Alex’s death an unfathomable loss. While no specific cause of death was given, GoFundMe explained that there are no life insurance policies available due to the circumstances of his death.

Alex is survived by his fiancée, two children, a son and a daughter, and an unborn child due in August, according to a GoFundMe page started by Ashley. The funds raised will go to his family.


Bri Mott wrote:

Really quite speechless after the devastating news of Alex Canchari

Maybe it’s time the industry starts listening to the needs of the @JockeysGuild including increasing the weight allowance to be a healthier level

It’s not the same sport we had in the 60s…

Daily Racing Form wrote:

Jockey Alex Canchari has died at age 29 He began riding late in 2011 and had amassed more than $28 million in purse earnings and 1,044 wins.

Trusty_Picks wrote:

I had everything ready to go for today and then wake up to the tragic news of the passing of Alex Canchari, and everything comes to pause,he was the 1st ever jockey I talked to and a great friend to me. He allowed me to be in this winner circle photo AND bought the picture for me

Canterbury Park wrote:

Alex Canchari achieved his dream as a jockey, following in the footsteps of his father and brother. The news of this talented and genuine young man’s death has deeply saddened the Canterbury Park family. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, children and family.

Coady Photography wrote:

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of jockey, Alex Canchari. It has been an honor to photograph Alex’s career over the years.

Our team will certainly miss seeing you in the mornings and in the winner’s circle.

Rest in paradise.

Paul Allen wrote:

Just crushed right now hearing jockey Alex Canchari is dead. Damn it, why? Sometimes troubled, sometimes timid, glad I told him I loved him last time we convened.

“Words can never change what our hearts have denied. And all the sweet memories won’t bring the love back to life.”

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