Vice President Mike Pence’s claim that he was bitten by a champion racing horse so hard he “almost collapsed” has been rejected by the manager of the farm where the alleged incident occurred, reports The UK Independent.
Pence shared his story of being bit by 2015 Triple Crown-winning racehorse Amerian Pharoah at a policy retreat in Baltimore for House Republicans on Friday.
“American Pharoah bit me so hard on the arm I almost collapsed,” Pence said to laughter.
“I just gritted my teeth and smiled because you know what, in our line of work, you’re going to get bit sometimes, but you keep fighting forward. And we did,” he said to the cheering crowd.
"American Pharoah bit me so hard on the arm, I almost collapsed. I just gritted my teeth and smiled…"
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) September 15, 2019
But the farm manager in Versailles, Kentucky, where Pence visited the record-breaking horse in March 2018, says he would “know it” if Pence had been bitten.
“If he gave someone a nasty bite, I’d know it,” farm manage Dermot Ryan said to McClatchy news group, noting that he was “very honored” to host Pence, who was “very pleasant,” at the farm.
Ryan, who was there at the time, told McClatchy that American Pharoah is “sweet,” and that it would be out of character for the horse to bite on the vice president’s arm.
A spokesman for Representative Garland “Andy” Barr, who had invited Pence to join him for a visit to the stud farm, said the congressman did not witness the alleged bite.