Filly survives racetrack escape and barn fire

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s said cats have nine lives, but you may have to add a filly from Lexington to that list after her eventful weekend that’s getting international attention, not because of what she did on the track but rather off it.

“Anything weird can happen in this business and you have to have, it’s tough, so you have to have a lot of patience,” says horse trainer Michael Ann Ewing.

Saturday took an unexpected turn for Ewing when one of her 2-year-old filly’s was prepared to run in a race at Ellis Park. As fittingly-named Bold and Bossy approached the gate, she got spooked, threw her jockey and took off running in what ended up being a 35-minute chase ending on Interstate-69.

“I was in a panic because all you can think of is ‘she’s going to be hit by a truck or a car’ and she’s either going to be dead or seriously injured,” says Ewing. “I just couldn’t imagine all this running around she was doing, she was going to be unscarred.”

Bold and Bossy was relatively unharmed from her wayward trip, coming back dehydrated and tired with only a clipped hoof and two lost shoes. As if running loose on the interstate weren’t enough, after being brought back to a barn at the track, it caught fire overnight.

“Someone, somebody brave- kids, grooms- stepped up, ran into this burning barn and got these horses out and put them in other stalls that they could find,” says Ewing.

Ewing says Bossy’s injuries from the fire looked to be only singing. After getting her home Sunday morning, the filly was taken to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington to receive some fluids for dehydration and to get a thorough examination for burns.

“Getting loose was enough, but then you do the right thing and think ‘we won’t move her tonight’ and there’s a barn fire,” says Ewing. “She’s extremely resilient.”

Ewing says it’s really a miracle for Bossy to have come out on the other side of everything good and hopes she can get out of the hospital in the next few days. She says Bossy will get the rest of the year to recuperate and come January, she’ll let Bossy decide if she wants to try racing again, hopefully only on a racetrack.

“She’s tough so I think she’s going to race again,” says Ewing. “She’s bold and she has her own mind, her own way of thinking and I think she’ll be fine.”

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