Training was canceled Saturday morning at Churchill Downs, the Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee reported, after 42-year-old exercise rider Odanis Acuna died as a result of injuries when his mount broke down on the track.

Acuna worked for trainer Kenny McPeek.

“Obviously everyone is extremely upset about this,” McPeek told DRF. “Odanis was a fantastic person and one of the hardest-working people you’ll ever meet. It’s a real tragedy.”

The exercise rider, a native of Cuba, suffered fatal head and neck injuries.

Per the report, the worker was an un-raced 2-year-old by Verrazano, New York Harbor, that had to be euthanized.


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