The home of the Kentucky Derby saw some decadent and depraved behavior Saturday. During the Breeders’ Cup Classic, a reportedly-intoxicated Kentucky man (not quite Florida Man, but getting there!) snuck into a restricted area, climbed on top of a horse, and tried to ride it onto the track. Here’s more on that from Karla Ward of the Lexington Herald Leader:
A Georgetown man was arrested after police say he mounted a horse at Churchill Downs and tried to ride out onto the track during Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup racing.
Kentucky State Police said in an arrest citation that Michael Wells-Rody, 24, “was manifestly under the influence of alcoholic beverages” when he “snuck into a restricted area he was not authorized to be in” and took off on a horse.
He made it out of the tunnel area and “into the track entrance,” police said in the citation.
“When asked to leave the horse and the area, the subject became loud and disorderly by causing an alarm to Churchill staff members,” the citation states.
Well, that’s certainly unusual. And while it’s not the weirdest behavior ever seen at a sporting event, or even at an event at Churchill Downs for that matter, it’s something that could have gone very wrong. Maybe Wells-Rody had a few too many, or maybe he’s just been playing too much Red Dead Redemption 2. Fortunately, this didn’t lead to anything bad for the horse in question, the other horses at the track, or the event’s staffers.
This did lead to some consequences for Wells-Rody, though, who was charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. And he wound up with quite the mugshot, as seen above. He’s due in court Monday for arraignment on those charges.