Cullen Stanley recorded this video and originally posted it to Facebook. Stanley told Storyful he squinted his eyes multiple times because he couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
In a livestream from the racetrack, Bold and Bossy can be seen bucking her jockey, Miguel Mena, during the post parade, as an announcer can be heard saying, “We have a loose horse on the track …. she has unseated the rider and is loose.”
The Saturday race would have been the two-year-old filly’s first.
Sergeant Anna Gray, the Public Information Officer for the Evansville Police Department in nearby Evansville, Indiana, told Storyful officers and deputies were dispatched around 12:50 pm to help with the horse on the road. She said Indiana is separated from Henderson, Kentucky, by a bridge, and the horse crossed the bridge into Indiana.
Sheriff Tom Latham from Posey County, Indiana, happened to be in the area when he saw the horse.
“I approached the horse with my hands out and talked to it calmly. She came up to me as I was walking up to her. I grabbed her lead and walked her back to the shoulder,” Latham said. “The horse was hotter than Hades, and I was fearful she was gonna have a heat stroke. We got a quarter-full bottle of water and poured it on her head.”
Sheriff Latham said he left once the Vanderburgh County Deputy Sheriff and animal control showed up.
Local news outlets have reported the horse was checked out by a state veterinarian, and “officials say she is doing well and has been reunited with her owner.”
The next day, Ellis Park’s receiving barn, a facility for horses who don’t have a regular stall, burned to the ground. One horse sustained minor injuries in the fire, reports said. Racing and training were canceled Sunday, according to the Northern Kentucky Tribune.
Storyful reached out to Bold and Bossy’s owner, Michael Ewing, Ellis Park Racing & Gaming, and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office but did not receive a response at the time of writing. Credit: Cullen Stanley via Storyful