Oh, Deer: Bambi Breezes Two Furlongs at Keeneland
Morning workouts at Keeneland Racecourse were briefly interrupted on Saturday morning when a rogue deer took to the track for an unscheduled two-furlong workout.
According to observers, the deer seemed to come from the lawn area in front of the grandstand at around 6:30 a.m. and breezed in a relaxed fashion immediately following two horses.
“There was all this commotion down at the quarter pole, and I thought, ‘Oh shoot, someone went down,’” said Bambi videographer Sarah Campion, who was standing on the rail. “I look up, and there’s this deer.”
“The outriders went flying for it.”
Bambi galloped out well and exited the track via the horse path without a pony. It remains unclear whether the work was official, or where fans can expect to see the deer’s next start. It did appear clear however, that Bambi has a powerful closing kick at the wire.
“It’s a miracle no one got hurt. There was a breezer right before and a breezer right after,” said Campion.