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Horse gets loose at Laurel 1/11/2013 - Details from USA Today

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  • Horse gets loose at Laurel 1/11/2013 - Details from USA Today

    This is all I have:

    (video by Abel Castellano)


    Those traveling on U.S. Route 1 in Laurel, Md., Friday morning might have thought their eyes were deceiving them.
    It was no joke. There was a Thoroughbred heading south on the road, galloping about 30 miles per hour -- without a rider.
    Bullet Catcher, a 4-year-old gelding, had tossed jockey Jeremy Rose while heading back to the barn at Laurel Park Race Track after a morning workout and got loose.
    The horse made his way out of the stable gate, then got to Route 1 where he made a left turn. He was finally caught a mile and a half later -- uninjured. Bullet Catcher's unplanned journey took him through parts of three counties -- Anne Arundel, Howard and Prince George's.
    "You think you've seen it all," said former rider Mark Rosenthal, who co-owns the gelding with Jerry Robb.
    Jockey Abel Castellano captured part of the adventure on his mobile phone."

    I had finished working a horse and was coming to the jocks room when I saw a horse run by heading out of the stable gate," Castellano said. "I decided to follow the horse and maybe when he stopped I could catch him. All of a sudden we got to Route 1 and there was a red light. I saw the cars driving by and I said 'oh my God, we're going to have an accident'. But at that moment it changed to a green light to make a left and the horse just made a left.

    "I went, 'oh, we're so lucky so far'. Then we got the point where the road splits, you go right so that horse he keeps to the right, so we follow him. The horse is still running 30 miles an hour. Finally he slowed down in front of the Chrysler dealership almost to Main Street and we were able to catch him. The story had a happy ending but it was scary."
    Trainer Charles "Snake" Frock was also part of the group that caught the Maryland-bred, who has one win and three on the board finishes in six lifetime starts.
    "I have never seen anything like it and I have been at the racetrack for more than 50 years," Frock said. "I was coming from the farm in Westminster and saw him on Whiskey Bottom Road and did a U-turn to try to help. My trailer was full with hay and I had another horse in the van. When we finally caught him we were able to bring him back to the track in my van. I told Robb later, 'it's unreal the horse galloped out the gate and all the way to Main Street on the blacktop and never shredded a shoe.' God was on his side."
    Robb said Bullet Catcher had some abrasions on his feet but wouldn't know the full extent of any injuries for a few days.
    I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
    I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09

  • #2
    Oh wow! What great luck he was brought home safe.


    • #3
      OMG talk about luck-! rte 1 is a nightmare. lucky lucky horse.
      Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.


      • #4
        Holy smokes!!
        "IT'S NOT THE MOUNTAIN WE CONQUER, BUT OURSELVES." SIR EDMUND HILLARYMember of the "Someone Special To Me Serves In The Military" Clique


        • #5
          Holy crips! I know where that is and that is seriously scary. Very lucky horse!


          • Original Poster

            I used to work really close to there, and you're right. I can't believe that they can just walk out w/o any gate or anything. Yikes!
            I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
            I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


            • #7
              Jingling that he is fine after his adventure.


              • #8
                I can't believe that ended with everyone safe and well! Wow, crazy stuff!
                Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


                • #9
                  There is a gate, and it is usually closed when there is a loose horse in the stable area. If J Robb is in the barn I think he is, it is very close to the stable gate. Horse throws rider and guards don't have time to shut the gate and away he goes! Very, very lucky that this horse made it back without serious injuries!


                  • #10
                    if you look on the video there is someone claiming to be his "real" owner and claiming the horse fractured his "ankle" multiple times.
                    "I would not beleive her if her tongue came notorized"


                    • #11
                      I know Mark but didnt realize he is divorced...going to have to check on that!


                      • #12
                        "Bullet Catcher's unplanned journey took him through parts of 3 counties". I know this horse was quite simply just lost. I traveled through 3 states once trying to find Fair Hill.
                        "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


                        • #13
                          Any update on the horse?


                          • #14
                            I heard on Saturday from someone I trust that the horse is okay.


                            • #15
                              Updates, he now has his own FB page, LOL.



                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Acertainsmile View Post
                                Updates, he now has his own FB page, LOL.

                                Now he just needs a Twitter feed!


                                • #17
                                  What a stunner! I loved the confo pic in the pasture!


                                  • #18
                                    The horse clearly understands traffic signals better than a lot human drivers....
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                                    • #19
                                      He's running today (Thur Jan 31st) and not on the highway, or at least not scheduled for that

                                      Laurel Park press release: Bullet Catcher returns

                                      Loose Horse That Escaped Laurel Park Earlier This Month For A Trip Down U.S. Route 1 Headlines In Thursday's 8th Race

                                      Race 8 off at 3:55 pm EST field of 11; $40k allowance race

                                      Best of luck running on dirt and not asphalt


                                      • #20
                                        ETA: He dead-heated today for 2nd.