LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say a drunken man entered a restricted area at the Breeders' Cup Classic, mounted a horse and rode it out toward the racetrack before he was arrested.
News outlets quote a police report as saying 24-year-old Michael Wells-Rody was arrested Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Police say he had been under the influence of alcohol and was disorderly to racetrack staff. He was taken into custody on charges including public intoxication.
Wells-Rody tells WHAS-TV it was an innocent mistake. He says the horse was once on his family farm in Georgetown, and someone at the race let him ride it.
Wells-Rody says he had something to drink but was still functional and just thought it would be cool to ride the horse at the Breeders' Cup.