Filly escapes observe, runs on Kentucky freeway

Horse Racing

HENDERSON, Ky. — A 2-year-old filly bought unfastened earlier than a race at a Kentucky observe and ran onto a freeway alongside vehicles earlier than being apprehended Saturday.

The filly named Daring and Bossy bought unfastened on her strategy to the beginning gate at Ellis Park. Jockey Miguel Mena was thrown off.

She then ran off the observe and over a levee heading to U.S. 41. Bold and Bossy ran briefly onto Interstate 69 and Veterans Memorial Parkway, with a posse of trainers chasing her of their autos. Police and the sheriff’s division additionally confirmed up.

“Thank god for all of the individuals who jumped in to go discover her as a result of she left city,” her owner-trainer Michael Ann Ewing mentioned from Lexington.

Ewing mentioned Daring and Bossy misplaced two footwear and a hind hoof knocked some flesh off the heel of a entrance foot throughout her escapade, however she wasn’t severely injured. The coach mentioned the filly was cramping from dehydration when she was lastly corralled by a person and his spouse.

Daring and Bossy was sporting her saddle and blinkers to limit her imaginative and prescient as she galloped down the freeway near autos in different lanes. The blinkers most likely made it tougher to cease her, mentioned Jack Hancock, a coach who gave chase.

“She could not see something beside her, in order that made it somewhat worse attempting to catch her,” he mentioned. “I have been right here all my life and I’ve by no means seen one to do a run like this, not that far and never that a lot freeway.”

Horses that get unfastened on a racetrack typically run again to the acquainted setting of their barn, however Daring and Bossy had shipped in from Lexington to run in a race for the primary time.

“She did not know the place to go house,” Hancock mentioned.

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