An unusual event got the attention of the online community after a racehorse threw off its rider and fled from Ellis Park Saturday afternoon. Not only did it managed to get away, the horse somehow found himself on a major highway before being contained.
On the Twitter video you can see the #4 race horse running among traffic, while on a Facebook video that Cullen Stanley posted it is shown how the horse runs toward passing vehicles on the four-lane highway.
“Horse running at me full speed on I-69 today,” he wrote. “No idea how it started or ended. Odd times we live in.”
A racehorse bucked its rider and escaped Ellis Park Saturday afternoon, taking a run down a major highway before being captured, media outlets reported.
The horse showed an injury on its back leg and was hot, and luckily those were the only issues. The owner got her back around 12:50 p.m, according to WFIE’s report in Evansville.
As witnesses claim, the horse had been running northbound in the southbound lane along U.S. 41.
According to Posey County, Ind., Sheriff Tom Latham, he was in the area when he spotted the horse roaming the highway. That’s when he grabbed the horse’s lead.
Ellis Park’s Youtube video shows Bold and Bossy’s bucking jockey Miguel Mena on the tracks five minutes before post time for the first race.
You can see Mena getting up after the horse runs away.
“We have a loose horse on the track,” the announcer said soon afterward.
“She is now a late scratch here in Race 1,” he later said.
As Ellis Park informs, Bantry Farms is the owner of the horse, while Michael Ewing is its trainer.
Just in: Ellis Park officials tell Eyewitness News a race horse bucked its rider and escaped the track before the first race this afternoon. It traveled along US-41 before the owner managed to rescue it at the Evansville Water Department. pic.twitter.com/YWbaklhDaO
— Blake Sandlin (@BlakeSandlin) August 21, 2021