Horse gets loose, leaves Laurel Park and runs down Route 1 for more than a mile
Bullet Catcher hit three different counties during his morning run
By Chris Korman (The Baltimore Sun, 1/11/2013)
Anyone who has seen the truly magnificent beauty of a thoroughbred in full stride has probably wondered: where would they go if they could roam free?
The answer, for a 4-year-old gelding stabled at Laurel Park and named Bullet Catcher, is that he followed the road ahead of him. After throwing jockey Jeremy Rose around 9 a.m. Friday following a workout, Bullet Catcher ran right out of the gate at the back end of the track. He turned left onto Whiskey Bottom Road and dashed toward Route 1.
He eventually covered 1.6 miles — that’s 12.8 furlongs — and ran through three different counties: Anne Arundel, Howard and Prince George’s.
According to one of Laurel’s top riders, Abel Castellano, Bullet Catcher arrived at the Route 1 light just as the left turn arrow turned green. The horse turned left, heading South at full speed.
Castellano had finished working a horse and was going to drive around to the other side of the track to go to the jockeys room.
“But I just saw this horse go. ‘Boom!’ he was off and I knew I had to follow,” he said.
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