Leader on Pavement And Dirt: Bullet Catcher Wins at Laurel

by | 03.22.2013 | 5:27pm
Bullet Catcher in his first win after his escape

Bullet Catcher, who made local and national headlines earlier this year after escaping from the Laurel Park backside and taking a 1.6 mile journey, won his first race in nearly two years with an impressive performance in Friday's 8th race, a $40,000 allowance.

On January 11, the Jerry Robb trainee tossed jockey Jeremy Rose while heading back to the barn after a half-mile work and got loose. He made his way out of the stable gate, made a left on Whiskey Bottom Road and another left onto U.S. Route 1 before being caught, un-injured.  Jockey Abel Castellano captured part of the journey on his mobile phone, which enabled the story to go viral.

Castellano rode the 4-year-old gelding for the second consecutive time this afternoon. Bullet Catcher broke alertly then tracked the pace to the sixteenth marker before he surged ahead to win by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:04.71 for the 5-1/2 furlong distance.

“My main concern was to get him to relax and he did that. When I asked he responded,” Castellano said. “I am very happy to be able to win with him. We got our 15 minutes of fame two months ago and I am glad the connections thought enough of me to let me ride. He tries so hard and it was good to see him win.”

Bullet Catcher was sent off as the crowd favorite and paid $5.20. He has not finished out of the money since his trip down Route 1.

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