Racehorse Escapes From Laurel Park, Heads Down U.S. Route 1

Bullet Catcher, a 4-year-old gelding, was eventually captured after wandering more than a mile.

Drivers along U.S. Route 1 in North Laurel were given quite a start Friday morning when they encountered a riderless racehorse heading south along the highway.

According to Laurel Park officials, Bullet Catcher—a 4-year-old gelding—escaped from the thoroughbred racing facility around 9 a.m.

Moments earlier, the horse had tossed jockey Jeremy Rose as the pair was heading back to the stables at the end of a morning workout, track authorities said.

Bullet Catcher then exited through a gate, wandered down Whiskey Bottom Road, and headed south down Route 1.

Jockey Abel Castellano, who trailed the horse in a truck, captured part of his journey in a cell phone video.

"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 in a statement. "I decided to follow the horse and maybe when he stopped I could catch him."

After a 1.6-mile trek that took Bullet Catcher through parts Anne Arundel, Prince George's, and Howard counties, authorities and track personnel were eventually able to corral the horse outside of Fred Frederick Chrysler-Plymouth.

"When we finally caught him we were able to bring him back to the track in my van," trainer Charles “Snake” Frock said in a statement. 

Bullet Catcher reportedly suffered abrasions to his feet as a result of the run.

"It’s unreal the horse galloped out the gate and all the way to Main Street on the blacktop and never shredded a shoe," Frock added. "God was on his side.”

Did you see any of Bullet Catcher's wild ride? Let us know in the comments.

Laurel January 13, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Maybe we can get Bullet Catcher to lead the MSF Parade this year!!
Jeffrey Yorke January 13, 2013 at 06:21 PM
A jockey was not aboard for the morning workout but a trainer or hotwalker ...Jockeys mount up for races..
John Davisson January 13, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Hi Jeffery-- According to the Laurel Park/Maryland Jockey Club statement: "Bullet Catcher, a 4-year-old gelding from the Jerry Robb stable, tossed jockey Jeremy Rose while heading back to the barn after a morning workout and got loose." Not sure if this is a question of nomenclature (i.e., whether he would be identified by a different title during a workout), but Rose is a jockey by trade: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Rose --John
John Davisson January 13, 2013 at 07:10 PM
*Jeffrey, that is. Sorry; my brain is in lazy Sunday mode!
ILENE January 17, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Glad Bullet Catcher its all right. Apparently, he must be bored with the routine training laps.


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