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Horse Bolts From Track, Hits Highway Instead

Bold and Bossy is recuperating after her Kentucky escape
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 23, 2021 2:31 PM CDT
Horse Bolts From Track, Hits Highway Instead
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(Newser) – A 2-year-old filly got loose before a race at a Kentucky track and ran onto a highway alongside cars before being corralled over the weekend, per the AP. The filly named Bold and Bossy got loose on her way to the starting gate at Ellis Park on Saturday, and jockey Miguel Mena was thrown off. She then ran off the track and over a levee heading to US 41. Bold and Bossy ran briefly onto Interstate 69 and Veterans Memorial Parkway, with a posse of trainers chasing her in their vehicles. Police and the sheriff's deputies also showed up.

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"Thank god for all the people who jumped in to go find her," said owner-trainer Michael Ann Ewing. Bold and Bossy lost two shoes and a hind hoof knocked some flesh off the heel of a front foot during her escapade, but she wasn't seriously injured. The trainer said the filly was cramping from dehydration when she was finally corralled by a man and his wife. Bold and Bossy was wearing her saddle and blinkers to restrict her vision as she galloped down the highway close to vehicles in other lanes. The blinkers probably made it harder to stop her, said Jack Hancock, a trainer who gave chase.

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