Laurel Park release:
Bullet Catcher, who made local and national headlines earlier this month after escaping from the Laurel Park backside and taking a 1.6 mile journey, finished in a dead heat for second place at odds of 12-1 in Thursday’s feature at Laurel, a $40,000 allowance race.
Making his first start on his home track, the son of Strong Hope flashed early speed, pressed the pace before surging to the lead, then held on to tie for second in a four-horse blanket finish.
Disco Elvis – a 23-1 longshot – won the 5-1/2 furlong test, a neck ahead of Bullet Catcher and late closing Pass You Bye Bye, who rallied on the outside. Field Pass was a nose behind that duo for fourth.
J.D. Acosta got his first try aboard Bullet Catcher, who paid $6 to place and $7.80 to show.
“He tried really hard,” Acosta said. “He made a really good effort in the end. It looked like he was going to get there but it felt like he slowed down in the last 25 yards.”
On Friday morning, Jan. 11, the 4-year old Jerry Robb trainee tossed jockey Jeremy Rose while heading back to the barn after a workout 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 adventure on his mobile phone.
“It was fun to ride him,” added Acosta. “I went on You Tube and saw Abel’s video. I am glad he is okay. He is a fighter.”
This was the second consecutive second place finish for the gelding since the incident. He was a runner-up in an allowance race at Charles Town off a six-month layoff on January 19. He is 1-for-8 lifetime with five in the money finishes.