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Laurel Park To Host Tribute To Ben’s Cat Nov. 11

A tribute to late Mid-Atlantic legend Ben’s Cat will go on as planned Nov. 11 at Laurel Park and include a bobblehead giveaway in the likeness of the 26-time stakes winner and four-time Maryland Horse of the Year bred, owned and trained by Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury. Maryland Jockey Club officials originally set aside the date as a ...

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‘He Was Just Unbelievable’: Laurel Horsemen Pay Tribute To Ben’s Cat

Wearing a bright orange shirt and helmet cover, Elizabeth Eckert went about her business as an exercise rider for Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury Wednesday morning with a heavy heart. It was only the evening before that Eckert, working for Leatherbury at Laurel Park since December, had heard the news about Ben’s Cat, the recently retired Mid-Atlantic legend who ...

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‘My Heart Is Shattered’: Ben’s Cat Succumbs To Complications Of Colic Surgery

Four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and multi-million dollar-earner Ben’s Cat, who underwent colic surgery on July 6 to repair an epiploic foramen entrapment, was euthanized Tuesday due to complications that arose during his recovery. “It is with great sadness that we report that Ben’s Cat was euthanized this afternoon due to post-operative complications following colic surgery,” said Dr. Rana ...

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‘The Pride Of Maryland’ Ben’s Cat Retired From Racing

Multiple graded stakes winner and Maryland Horse of the Year Ben’s Cat has been retired from racing at age 11. The Daily Racing Form reports that the hard-knocking gelding finished his career with 32 wins from 63 starts, and earned over $ 2.6 million. Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury, who also bred and owned Ben’s Cat, told the Form on Tuesday, “I feel bad about ...

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Ben’s Cat Seeking Fifth Straight Victory In Jim McKay Turf Sprint Friday

Popular Maryland-bred multi-millionaire Ben’s Cat will have to end one streak to continue another as the 11-year-old gelding seeks his fifth straight victory in Friday’s $ 100,000 Maker’s Mark Jim McKay Turf Sprint at historic Pimlico Race Course. The 12th running of Jim McKay for 3-year-olds and up at five furlongs on the grass is one of seven stakes, four ...

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Ben’s Cat Posts Workout, Pointing To McKay Turf Sprint At Pimlico

Working for the first time since making his 11-year-old debut April 16, multi-millionaire gelding Ben’s Cat breezed three furlongs over Laurel Park’s main track Thursday morning. Bred, owned and trained by Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury, Ben’s Cat went the distance in 36.40 seconds, fourth-fastest of 16 horses. “He worked fine, real nice. It was a beautiful work,” Leatherbury ...

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Ben’s Cat Falls Just Short Of Made Bail In Seasonal Debut

Made Bail holds off all challengers, including Ben’s Cat (#1) to win at Laurel Park Susan Cooney-owned and -trained gelding Made Bail took the lead after a half-mile and held off late bids from four horses in the stretch, including 26-time stakes winner Ben’s Cat in his 11-year-old debut, to capture Sunday’s featured seventh race allowance at Laurel Park. Ben’s ...

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