She had the only true horsepower on the entire highway.
A two-year-old filly named Bold and Bossy escaped the Ellis Park racetrack on Saturday and was videoed running alongside traffic down stretches of U.S. 41 and I-69 in Henderson, Ky., according to multiple reports and social-media posts.
The racehorse reportedly bucked its rider, Miguel Mena, ahead of the first race and sprinted off the track property. A group of trainers and police pursued the horse in their vehicles before she was apprehended by a local sheriff.
“Thank God for all the people who jumped in to go find her, because she left town,” the horse’s owner and trainer Michael Ann Ewing told the Associated Press from Lexington.
Ewing added that Bold and Bossy, who is owned by Bantry Farms, suffered minor leg injuries due to losing two shoes and dehydration cramps during her highway gallop.
She was wearing a No.4 bib, a saddle and vision-restricting blinders, making it “a little worse trying to catch her,” according to Jack Hancock, another trainer.
“I’ve been here all my life and I’ve never seen one to do a run like this, not that far and not that much highway,” Hancock told USA Today.
A motorist named Cullen Stanley posted a video on Facebook of the horse running toward stopped traffic.
“Horse running at me full speed on I-69 today,” Stanley wrote. “No idea how it started or ended. Odd times we live in.”
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