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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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Laurel Park: Enduring Ben’s Cat Returns In Easter Sunday Turf Allowance

Looking to end the longest losing streak of a storied career, multiple Grade 3-winning Maryland-bred gelding Ben’s Cat will kick off his 11-year-old season in an open $ 50,000 allowance on Easter Sunday at Laurel Park. Bred, owned and trained by Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury, Ben’s Cat will break from the rail under current winter-spring meet-leading rider Trevor ...

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‘Happy To Be Back’: Ben’s Cat Prepares For 11-Year-Old Season At Laurel

Grade 3-winning multi-millionaire gelding Ben’s Cat began working toward his 11-year-old debut with a three-furlong breeze Saturday at Laurel Park. Bred, owned and trained by Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury, Ben’s Cat was clocked in 37.40 seconds over a fast main track in the first timed work since returning late last month from his annual winter vacation. With regular ...

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Laurel Draws 132 Nominees To Five New Year’s Eve Stakes

A total of 132 horses were nominated to five stakes worth $ 475,000 in purses that help comprise the New Year’s Eve program that wraps up the 52-day fall meet at Laurel Park on Saturday, Dec. 31. Libby’s Tail, second by a head in the Frizette (G1) Oct. 8 at Belmont Park, is among 30 nominees for the $ 100,000 ...

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Sharp Azteca Preps For Malibu With Easy City Of Laurel Victory

Gelfenstein Farm’s Grade 3 winner Sharp Azteca made a triumphant return to the races Saturday at Laurel Park, pulling away from a pacesetting duel with previously undefeated Hot Seat to win the $ 100,000 City of Laurel presented by Fidelity First. The seventh running of the City of Laurel for 3-year-olds and 26th renewal of the $ 100,000 Safely Kept ...

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Laurel Park Gearing Up For Maryland Million Celebration

Full fields and large crowds are expected when Maryland celebrates more than two and a half centuries of thoroughbred breeding and racing with the 31st annual Jim McKay Maryland Million Saturday, Oct. 22 at Laurel Park. Nine stakes, led by the $ 150,000 Classic for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles, are among 11 races that comprise the Maryland ...

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