USA: The backstretch workers who rescued seven horses from a fire that destroyed a barn at Ellis Park are to be honoured by the track.
Marvin Prado, Cristobal Munoz and Estuardo Godoy, who work for trainer Eddie Kenneally, and Brendan Walsh’s grooms Salvador Hernandez and Jose Garcia were hailed heroes for saving all the inmates of the receiving barn in the early hours of August 22.
Prado, from Louisville, was cleaning horse stalls at 4am when he noticed the flames and alerted his workmates who joined him as they went into the blaze to lead out the six racehorses and one stable pony minutes before the complex was completely engulfed.
“These acts of bravery are a testament to the real folks who represent this industry in largely unseen capacities and actions,” said Ellis Park racing secretary Dan Bork, who hopes to recognise the workers at the next meeting.
“To do what they did, to run into a building engulfed in flames – and then go about their business as if nothing ever happened, like what they did wasn’t anything out of the ordinary – they’re true heroes with their totally selfless acts of courage.”
Among the horses saved from the fire was Bold And Bossy, who was rescued a second time in 24 hours having got loose the day before, escaping from the Ellis Park site and onto the interstate.
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