In a bizarre incident Saturday at Ellis Park, 2-year-old filly Bold and Bossy (Strong Mandate) got loose in the post parade prior to the first race after unseating rider Miguel Mena, ran off the track, and went on a merry tour of U.S. 41N, Interstate 69, and Veterans Memorial Parkway. She made it quite a distance, crossing state lines from Kentucky into Indiana, before being caught and returned via horse ambulance to the Ellis Park barn area, where the state veterinarian immediately began administering fluids and additional treatment.
In spite of being dehydrated and tying up, as well as missing a few shoes and grabbing a quarter, Bold and Bossy was reported by owner-trainer Michael Ann Ewing from her Lexington base to be doing well.
“She's not lame. No [broken] bones or stitches needed,” said Ewing. “Probably traumatized mentally, but she's going to be fine. We'll have our own vets check her out and monitor her, and after a few days to make sure everything is good I'll probably give her some time on the farm. But thank God she's fine.”
Trainers Wes Hawley and Jack Hancock were instrumental in catching the loose filly, who was due to make her racing debut, first trying to apprehend her in the barn area and then on the public roads. Click for a brief video of the filly's escapade taken by a driver.