Owners Have Outrageous Trip to the Blue Grass

Two of the owners of That's an Outrage had an eventful Thursday on their way to Lexington for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I)--their plane caught on fire.

Denise Moewes and Tim Dores, who race under the nom du course Bull Stick Stables, own half of That's an Outrage along with Ernie Moody's Mercedes Stable. That's an Outrage is a 30-1 hopeful in the eight-horse Blue Grass field is conditioned by the Southern California-based trainer Mike Puhich.

The two bankruptcy attorneys boarded a Delta Airlines flight from Seattle bound for Cincinnati early Thursday morning. Just after takeoff, as Moewes and Dores were seated in an exit row over the wings, they heard a "big clunk" and noticed the plane wasn't gaining altitude. Minutes into the flight, people seated behind them started screaming that the plane was on fire.

According to Moewes, one of the four engines on the 757 was ablaze. Moewes joked that they still had three good engines and that they should continue on to Cincinnati. Dores disagreed.

The plane circled back around and safely made an emergency landing back at Seattle. Another Delta flight heading east to Atlanta was full, but they caught another flight, this one leaving at 10:25 PDT bound for Cincinnati.

Once in Cincinnati, their connecting flight to Lexington was delayed due to "a hydraulic blowout" according to Moewes. They then rented a car and drove to the airport in Lexington. Lexington's Blue Grass Field is located just across Versailles Road from Keeneland.

Puhich left a Blue Grass Stakes preview dinner at the track's Keene Barn entertainment center to pick them up. Upon arriving back at the dinner, Puhich told the audience, "Their plane caught on fire. That was a total outrage."

"It was frightening for a lot of people on the plane," said Moewes. "But I just said, 'Get me to the Blue Grass, baby.'"

That's an Outrage, a son of Quiet American out of the Known Fact mare Cable News, comes into the race off a fourth-place finish in the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park. Hopefully the colt will have a better trip in the 1 1/8-mile race on Saturday.