The horse racing community mourns the untimely passing of jockey Alex Canchari, whose life was tragically cut short at the age of 29. In this somber moment, we reflect on his remarkable career, the challenges he faced, and the impact he left behind.
A Promising Career Cut Short
Alex Canchari was a familiar face at Canterbury Park and Prairie Meadows, where he rode with passion and determination. His dream of becoming a jockey was realized, following in the footsteps of his father and brother. Canchari’s riding ability was top-notch, and he achieved significant milestones during his career.
The Weight of Struggles
While an official cause of death has not been released, it has been reported that Alex Canchari was suffering from health issues leading up to his passing. According to his agent, Jeff Johnston, Canchari had been dealing with a respiratory illness and had recently lost a significant amount of weight. The burden of physical and emotional struggles can weigh heavily on anyone, especially those in high-pressure professions like horse racing.
A Racing Family’s Tragedy
The Canchari family has endured immense loss. Alex’s brother, Patrick Canchari, also a jockey, was paralyzed in an auto accident in March 2020. Their father, Luis Canchari, originally from Peru, was a trainer and rider who passed away in December 2020. The racing world witnessed the Canchari family’s resilience and dedication, even in the face of adversity.
A Legacy Remembered
Alex Canchari rode from 2011 to 2022, amassing an impressive record of 1,044 wins, 1,008 seconds, and 1,020 thirds, earning a total of $28,619,989. His 1,000th win at Canterbury Park was a poignant moment, celebrated by local fans who knew him well. His love for the sport and his hometown was evident, and his passing leaves a void that cannot be filled.
Prairie Meadows, where Canchari achieved his first graded win, expressed shock and sadness at the news of his death. Assistant racing secretary Chad Keller described Canchari as an excellent rider who will be sorely missed. The racing community hopes that the Canchari family finds closure during this difficult time.
In memory of Alex Canchari, we honor his dedication, talent, and the joy he brought to the track. May he rest in peace, and may his legacy continue to inspire future generations of jockeys.