View Full Version : "Shipping News" Video from Tampa

Mar. 7, 2011, 11:20 AM

Finally! I knew someone would cough up footage eventually. This is easier to watch knowing the horse is fine now.

What a great crew Tampa has!

Mar. 7, 2011, 12:10 PM
Wow, that looked worse than I thought it would. That horse was really stuck in there with the deep mud. He was exhausted and possibly even tying up. When he walked out he looked like he was going to go down and they were really trying to keep him up until they could get him to treatment and back to the barn. Looks like the vets did a good job too. Glad he is okay. If that had been one of mine, I would have been freaking out. I do know these crews are usually really good, so that would have eased my mind a bit, but still - he looked like he was struggling to keep his nostrils above water...

Flashy Gray VA
Mar. 7, 2011, 12:52 PM
As much as I loved the first thread on here with the funny speculation about the incident - wow, it was a bit tense when he was flailing around in the lake.

HUGE super kudos to the incredible crew for getting him out as quickly and as quietly as they did. :yes:

Barbara L.
Mar. 7, 2011, 01:30 PM
I'm just curious--did he bow badly in front from all that climbing in the mud? At the very last part of the video, you could see the vet putting front wraps on him, and by the way he was walking, either he was totally exhausted (I think we know that!) or did he hurt himself more?
Poor horse...

Mar. 7, 2011, 01:58 PM
He cut himself up crashing through the rails, so I assumed that's what he was being wrapped for. His trainer didn't mention anything other than cuts and scrapes when he was interviewed afterward. They put the horse on antibiotics since that pond water is pretty nasty.

He looked to be in pretty bad shape after he came out of the water- very disoriented and exhausted. I was a little aggravated they were so aggressive in trying to move him back onto the track. I know they needed him off the track as soon as possible, but he certainly wasn't in any shape to move that fast. Glad he finally slammed on the brakes and refused to go any further so the vet had to start treating him where he stood.

Poor guy!

Mar. 7, 2011, 02:17 PM
I've got a feeling they were trying to get him as far away from the water as they could manage in order to stop an encore performance. This is a horse that passed out, lead a merry chase through the rails a few times then ended up in the pond. It was time to end it there.

Shipping News' connections have a facebook page for him, predating the swim, and he apparently has gone to a farm for some R&R. There's never been any mention of any injuries.


Mar. 7, 2011, 02:57 PM

This did mention the cuts and scrapes... No mention of worse.


Flashy Gray VA
Mar. 7, 2011, 03:26 PM
From a TBD press release:



OLDSMAR, Fla. (March 3, 2011) It was a peculiar scene, even for a racetrack. Following February 17’s seventh race, a horse named Shipping News found himself in the Tampa Bay Downs infield pond after overheating during his race. Unfortunately, the four-year-old Point Given gelding had lost his bridle before taking a swim in the lake, and onlookers were befuddled as to how to get Shipping News back onto dry land.

That’s when Cody’s Original Roadhouse Trainer of the Month Roy Lerman sprang into action, grabbing a halter and shedding his outerwear to rescue Shipping News. Lerman, who owns and trains Shipping News, waded into the murky infield pond, secured a halter over his horse’s head and led the bay gelding to the safety of the turf course. Shipping News was then loaded onto the equine ambulance and escorted back to Lerman’s barn at Tampa Bay Downs where veterinarians attended to him. Luckily, the horse escaped the incident without any major injury.

Lerman says that he didn’t have time to think when he saw his horse go toward the pond. “He just walked through the rail like a blind elephant and he fell into the pond, essentially. I didn’t know how we were going to get him, since he didn’t have a halter on. He was in the pond and tried to get out three or four times, and he couldn’t free himself from the muck. He finally just stood there, and he wasn’t able to think of a way out. I could see that the whole bottom of the pond was stirred up, and he dropped his head and his lip was just above the water. Then he put his whole muzzle in, and I worried that he was going to drown. I thought, ‘I’ve got to try to do something’.

"I took my clothes off, and I stepped into the water, and the muck was up to my knees. I had a halter, but I didn’t know if I could get there because of the mud. People were waiting to help, so I called for some ropes and someone got some from the Maintenance Department. I tied them together and made an attempt to get him. One of the gate crew guys gave me a hand, and we got the halter on him. I attached the rope to the cheek piece in case the noseband of the halter broke and threw it to the guys on land .The horse had been in long enough to regain his senses, and thankfully he got out with the crew on the grass helping to pull him. Was I surprised that he’s OK? No, but I sure am relieved.” Lerman added that he’s pleased to report that Shipping News is recovering nicely from his swim.


Jun. 14, 2011, 06:50 PM
It's been 4 months......could not find an update.

Justa Bob
Jun. 18, 2011, 01:17 AM
Shipping News has a Facebook page. On June 4th a query was posted asking about future racing plans. The reply:

"Hope so, as soon as I know, Will let all fans know!"

Jun. 18, 2011, 03:02 AM
Thanks, Bob........he's gettin' a rest.

Jun. 19, 2011, 02:07 AM
Boy that could have turned really bad really quickly. I wondered who the guy was who dived in while everyone else stared!