April 18, 2024


Exercise makes you strong

Horse racing community mourns loss of exercise rider at Keeneland

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The horse racing world is mourning right after work out rider Callie Witt died Friday morning in a freak accident at Keeneland.

The 20-calendar year-aged was thrown from a horse on the riding observe just just after 8:00 a.m.

The horse racing community is tight-knit, and they all have the same enthusiasm for horses and racing.

“You just had an strategy about what kind of human being she was. There was that passion that’s challenging to explain,” horse racing commentator Kenny Rice stated.

Rice will explain to you men and women who function in the horse racing market have a determination like no other. Tales about Callie confirm she was no exception.

“No 1 that I know has at any time hung about the racetrack that doesn’t seriously have a like for it,” Rice claimed.

Callie, who was from Nebraska, was studying at Bluegrass Local community and Specialized University. Keeneland officers say she needed to be a jockey, initially doing work as an intern and then entire-time as an work out rider.

“It’s frequently not a career that you get abundant in. You hear about the major jockeys and prime trainers, but the day-to-day employee at the monitor, the work out rider, they’re not retiring early performing what they do, so it truly is a like factor for them,” Rice mentioned.

It is a enjoy for a sport that arrives with threats. Tragedies like what took place to Callie are rare, and a reminder of how treasured lifestyle is.

“The only activity I know of where an ambulance follows the individuals is a horse race. No issue what dimensions horse race, all over the nation. That just shows you there is that threat out there. When a little something like this comes about, it magnifies that. It is been pretty uncommon for something like this to take place at Keeneland,” Rice mentioned.

Now buddies, family members and the racing field are using time to remember a tough-performing younger rider and her passion for the ponies.

WKYT asked Rice if this tragedy really should direct to any safety modifications or improvements. He explained it appears to be that this was a rare incident that could spark some discuss, but does not believe that it to be an indictment on the risk of the activity. He stated persons in the field understand that risk.

We also talked to a longtime close friend and fellow rider of Callie’s.

“She was operating towards really the aspiration that she was commencing to dwell,” close friend Jessica Condon claimed.

Friends of Callie said she was using horses rather a lot her whole existence, displaying it wasn’t just a enthusiasm, but her way of everyday living.

“She usually was upbeat and had a smile on her face. She was a single of the most hardworking men and women that I know,” Condon explained.

We’ve received numerous statements about Witt’s dying.

Governor Andy Beshear posted this statement on Twitter:

Britainy and I lengthen our deepest condolences to the loved ones, good friends and the whole horse racing community over the tragic loss of exercise rider Callie Witt. Our feelings and prayers are with the whole Witt relatives.

Consultant Andy Barr also released a assertion:

“This is a devastating tragedy that no family members should really at any time have to endure. Remember to sign up for me in praying for the loved ones and mates of Callie Witt.”

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