FLORENCE, Ky. -- Turfway Park will honor Steve Peterman after the first race on Friday, March 15, in recognition of his successful capture of the runaway Thoroughbred Joseph the Catfish on March 2.
The 3-year-old colt was making his first career start in Turfway's last race that night when he bolted on the turn, lost his rider, jumped the rail, and headed across several parking lots and busy Houston Road. Peterman, Turfway Park's starter, had just left the track. He saw commotion in the parking lot first, and then saw the frightened horse heading toward traffic. Track veterinarians helped stop cars and were able to get in front of the colt, who by then was on the I-75 South ramp. Peterman caught up as the colt turned back toward Houston. He pulled over, jumped out of his truck, and grabbed the bridle. The colt's momentum pulled them both down to the pavement. Neither was injured beyond cuts and bruises.
Friday's first race goes off at 5:30pm. The ceremony honoring Peterman will be held immediately following the race.