Barbadian jockey dies after collision at Woodbine Racetrack

Barbadian jockey, 43-year-old Darren Fortune, has died following a collision between two horses at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada early Friday morning.

Fortune, an exercise rider, was injured as a result of a training accident on the main track around 7 a.m.

The former Alexandra School student was rushed to Etobicoke General Hospital with no vital signs, paramedics said.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our community this morning and our hearts and condolences go out to his family and friends,” said Jamie Martin, executive vice-president of racing for Woodbine Entertainment Group.

A statement from Woodbine noted that they are “offering every possible assistance” and that no horses were injured.

The Canadian Ministry of Labour is investigating.

All scheduled races on Friday at Woodbine were cancelled.

Races will resume today with a small ceremony planned.

Members of the Alexandra School Alumni Association have been expressing condolences to Fortune’s family as a result of his untimely passing.

32 Responses to Barbadian jockey dies after collision at Woodbine Racetrack

  1. Sophia Lewis
    Sophia Lewis September 9, 2017 at 9:06 am

    So very sorry to hear of this. I thank him for representing us across the ocean and now ask that he look out for us from above. A life taken too soon. To his family and friends my deepest sympathies

  2. Richard King
    Richard King September 9, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Condolences from the management and staff at king’s jewelry, our thoughts and prayers are with you in these difficult moments.

  3. Penelope Jones
    Penelope Jones September 9, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Oh no! So sad to hear of Darren Fortune’s passing. May he rest in npeace!

  4. Veronica Wiggins
    Veronica Wiggins September 9, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Condolences to the family and friends. Sad news

  5. Dwayne Sealy
    Dwayne Sealy September 9, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I watched this on the news last night and didn’t know he was Barbadian

  6. Compton Walcott
    Compton Walcott September 9, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Very sad. RIP

  7. Carol Watson
    Carol Watson September 9, 2017 at 9:43 am

    So sad.

  8. Sophia Millington
    Sophia Millington September 9, 2017 at 9:50 am

    My condolences to the family and friends may his soul rest in peace and rise in glory..

  9. Milli Watt September 9, 2017 at 10:00 am

    wtf…………….NO HORSES WERE INJURED ssstttuuupppssseeeee and one of our own dead. WHERE MAXINE MCCLEAN IS!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley September 9, 2017 at 10:01 am


  11. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks September 9, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Oh my, so sorry for this sad news. My condolences

  12. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn September 9, 2017 at 10:07 am

    My condolences to thefamily.

  13. Cynthia Bee
    Cynthia Bee September 9, 2017 at 10:08 am

    May he rest in peace ,, as soon as we heard the news. We were thinking with a Surname like that and knowing that Barbadians come up here and do that if he were one ,, thanks for posting ,, He died doing what he liked. Sincere sympathy to the family Be strong ,,

  14. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 9, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Looks like this low rate Barbados Today took down my reply to they b/s story about him being a jockey, but that ain’t gine change facts this publication is garbage he was a exercise and out rider not a jockey there is a big difference garbage publication.

    • Conchita Moseley
      Conchita Moseley September 9, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Why would they remove your comment ???? I would replace my comment. If your comment was not derogatory IT SHOULD REMAIN. Reading your comment above he was a stable assistant.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 9, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Conchita Moseley Agree these clowns reporting false information and yes I pretty much repost it,these publications in Barbados low rate garbage anyways,can’t take none of them seriously.

    • Conchita Moseley
      Conchita Moseley September 9, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Rawls Spooner, do not be upset, sent your condolences to friends and family and move. Same like yesterday I made a comment on BARBADOS Today and a nutcase, had noting constructive to post but attacked me ” Quote not need to be disrespectful. It is for the same reason I do not get involved with Nation Barbados or none of them If you remember a few years back my comments were often deleted. Sheer ignorance. CHECK it out.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 9, 2017 at 10:52 am

      Conchita Moseley You are correct these clowns at BT and Nation writing stupid stories just to get readers but omitting facts.Of course the story about him being a jockey gets attention faster which is ridiculous because a man lost his life but that is least of they concern and true to style Nation had almost identical story.

  15. Pat Codrington
    Pat Codrington September 9, 2017 at 10:29 am

    My condolences to his family. May he R.I.P

  16. Donild Trimp September 9, 2017 at 10:29 am

    A statement from Woodbine noted that they are “offering every possible assistance” —

    Why not end it there? Why was the following statement necessary? “and that no horses were injured”.

    Boggles the mind !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • VoR September 9, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      That statement is necessary because there are alot of people who elevate animals to an untouchable status and will cause trouble if it is perceived that they were harmed in any way.

      Sad but true.

    • Kevin September 9, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Its just a cultural thing. Many animals are treated better than humans.

  17. Imar V Boyce
    Imar V Boyce September 9, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Rest easy guy.

  18. Kathleen Cadogan
    Kathleen Cadogan September 9, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Sincere condolences to Family and Friends

  19. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison September 9, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Condolences to the family

  20. Maxine Byer
    Maxine Byer September 9, 2017 at 11:27 am

    My condolences to his family and friends and the island of Barbados we lost a son off​ our soil.

  21. L King September 9, 2017 at 11:31 am

    What. ‘No horses were injured’

    What a statement to say after a human life was lost – this just goes to show that this person DOESN’T value human life.

    Bad bad bad.

  22. Hartley Alleyne
    Hartley Alleyne September 9, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    So sad.RIP. Mr Fortune

  23. Yvette Carless
    Yvette Carless September 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    May his soul rest in peace. So sad!

  24. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie September 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm


  25. Helicopter(8P) September 11, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Barbados has become a land of critics; anyway my condolences to the young man’s family and may he rest in peace!

  26. BobotheCLown September 11, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Relax .There is no need to vent about what others say.You should ruse above that .A fine young man lost his life doing what he loved.He has left two young children.let’s offer our condolences. .pray for his kids and move on.I am confident Darren’s love of horses would have welcomed the fact that the animals wern’t hurt.Chill folkChill.


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