Ben's Cat

Ben's Cat

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Ben's Cat Seeks 19th Career Stakes Win

Fabulous Strike Handicap will be season finale for 7-year-old gelding.

Ben's Cat, King Leatherbury's winning machine, will look to collect his 19th career stakes victory when he defends his title in the $250,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap Nov. 27 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

The six-furlong Fabulous Strike is the fourth race on the card that will have three additional stakes.

"It gives me confidence that he runs so well at Penn National," said Leatherbury of Ben's Cat, who will break from post position 2 as the 5-2 second choice on the morning line with regular rider Julian Pimentel aboard. "In his most recent race, the Maryland Million Turf, he ran a mile, which was a little bit long for him, and cutting back to six furlongs should really work out well."

Ben's Cat, a 7-year-old gelding by the sire Parker's Storm Cat, has 23 wins from 36 starts and has earned more $1.7 million. Leatherbury indicated the Fabulous Strike will be the last race of the year for Ben's Cat, after which he will be freshened up for the turf season next spring.