King T. Leatherbury's homebred Ben's Cat was named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year for an unprecedented third time in the annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.
Marvelous veteran Ben's Cat did it again Nov. 27 when he wore down odds-on Ribo's Bobo in the final furlong to score a repeat victory in the $250,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
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.
Sylvia E. Heft's Eighttofasttocatch led from start to finish and won the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic Oct. 19 at Laurel Park for the second time in the past three years. Last year the son of Not For Love finished fifth.
The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat was put to the test while being floated extremely wide down the lane and still got up to register victory Sept. 21 in the $100,000 Laurel Dash Stakes at Laurel Park.
King Leatherbury said Sept. 20 he has decided to run his star Ben's Cat in the $100,000 Laurel Dash, a six-furlong turf sprint, rather than the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash on dirt Sept. 21 at Laurel Park.
After prepping with a clear victory in the Parx Dash Handicap (gr. III) July 5, Ben's Cat will try to win the $350,000 Turf Monster Handicap (gr. III) for a third straight season Sept. 2 at Parx Racing.
Ben's Cat returned to winning ways July 5 in the $200,000 Parx Dash Handicap (gr. IIIT), launching a bold outside run to earn his 22nd victory from 33 starts.
Star turf sprinter Ben's Cat is the 2-1 morning line favorite in a field of seven entered for the $200,000 Parx Dash (gr. IIIT) July 5 at Philadelphia's Parx Racing.
Owned by The Jim Stable of trainer King Leatherbury, Ben's Cat won the 21st race of his 31-race career with a solid come-from-behind tally in the $100,000 Jim McKay Sprint Presented by Apple Ford May 17 at Pimlico.
Trainer King Leatherbury on victory by Ben's Cat in Jim McKay Turf Sprint. Watch Video
Popular Ben's Cat will run in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes for the third straight time on the undercard for this year's Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) program May 17 at Pimlico Race Course.
Make that four years in a row for Ben's Cat in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes. The Jim Stable star from the King Leatherbury barn carried Julian Pimentel to an easy 1 3/4-length victory over the firm turf April 6 at Pimlico.
King T. Leatherbury's homebred gelding Ben's Cat was named 2012 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year in the annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.
The remarkable Ben's Cat surged through an opening at mid-stretch to put his head in front in the final strides, capturing the inaugural running of the $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap at Penn National Race Course.
Ben's Cat looks to become the fourth horse to win a Maryland Million race three consecutive years when he faces nine rivals in the $100,000 Maryland Million Turf Sprint at Laurel Park Oct. 6.
Laurel Park received 155 pre-entries, which includes cross-entered horses, for the Oct. 6 Jim McKay Maryland Million program.
Favored Ben's Cat surged from third in the final furlong to nip Chamberlain Bridge by a head, winning the $350,000 Turf Monster Handicap (gr. IIIT) for the second year in a row Sept. 3 over soft going at Parx Racing.
Veteran turf sprinters Ben's Cat and Chamberlain Bridge, who have combined to win the past three renewals of the Turf Monster Handicap (gr. IIIT), head the field for this year's $350,000 race Sept. 3 at Parx Racing.
Perhaps bettors felt Ben's Cat had lost a step when they sent him off at 10-1 in the $150,000 Parx Dash Handicap June 17, but the 6-year-old dispelled that notion with an emphatic two-length victory in course record time.
Ben's Cat, who parlayed a strong second-place finish in last year's Parx Dash Stakes into a victory in the grade III Turf Monster Handicap two races later, is one of nine entered in this year's $150,000 Parx Dash.
King T. Leatherbury's homebred gelding Ben's Cat swept three divisional categories: older male, turf runner, and sprinter, and was named Maryland-bred Horse of the Year of 2011.
On his 46th birthday, Steve Asmussen became the fifth trainer in history to record 6,000 wins when Basalt won the first race at Remington Park Nov. 18.
Laurel Park's turf monster turns out to be a main track monster, too. Ben's Cat powered away from five foes to win the off-the-turf $67,750 Laurel Dash Stakes by two lengths in the slop Oct. 29.
King Leatherbury's Ben's Cat, who could have been entered in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IIT) via payment of a $100,000 supplemental fee, is the even-money morning-line favorite in the $75,000 Laurel Dash Oct. 29.
King Leatherbury's Ben's Cat will take a pass on the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) and instead run in the Oct. 29 Laurel Turf Dash at Laurel Park.
Laurel Park-based Ben's Cat, winner of the $356,000 Turf Monster Handicap (gr. IIIT)) on Labor Day at Parx Racing, is still on the fence for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs..
A gelded son of Parker's Storm Cat swept Pennsylvania's top turf sprints when he captured the $350,000 Turf Monster Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Parx Racing.
Favored Ben's Cat notched his third stakes win of the season July 30 when he caught pacesetter Cardashi by a neck in the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup Handicap July 30 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National
As Laurel Park digs out from a pair of massive snow storms, the Maryland Jockey Club will run four stakes races Presidents Day, including the General George and Barbara Fritchie Handicaps (both gr. II).
Trainer Steve Asmussen got his 5,000th training victory when Passion Rules won the 7th race at Woodbine Sept. 11
King Leatherbury's homebred Ah Day returned from a nearly seven-month layoff to record a thrilling, last-to-first victory in the $100,000 Toboggan Handicap (gr. III) March 7 at Aqueduct.
Stephen E. Quick's 7-5 favorite Lexi Star led virtually from the start to win the $86,400 Maryland Racing Media Handicap for fillies and mares at Laurel Park Saturday.
The Jim Stable's Ah Day returned to his winning ways when he beat a nice group of older sprinters in the $74,400 Fire Plug Stakes.
One & Won Stable's Heart Throbbin' was claimed for $40,000 in September by trainer King Leatherbury. Monday, he paid back his connections in full on the opening day of the 75-day winter meeting when he won the $63,200 Dancing Count Stakes for newly minted three-year-olds at muddy Laurel Park.
Jockey Mario Pino kept Ah Day in a holding pattern until two furlongs from the finish line, tapped him with the whip when he was ready and drew off to a commanding four-length victory in the $100,000 Japan Racing Association Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Laurel Park.
Jockey Mario Pino kept Ah Day in a holding pattern until two furlongs from the finish line, tapped him with the whip when he was ready, and drew off to a commanding four-length victory in the $100,000 Japan Racing Association Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Laurel Park.
Jockey Steve "Cowboy" Hamilton has made it all the way back from retirement, winning his first race after a one year absence Friday and capturing the $100,000 Sonny Hine Stakes atop Ah Day Saturday at Laurel Park.
King Leatherbury worked Tesio Stakes winner Ah Day five furlongs in 59 seconds at rainy Laurel Park Saturday morning, and the legendary trainer is considering supplementing the Malibu Moon gelding to next Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
The Jim Stable's Ah Day gained the lead heading into the far turn and was a convincing 5 1/2-length winner of the $121,500 Federico Tesio Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at rainy Pimlico.
Woodrow Marriott's Malibu Moonshine punched his ticket for a start in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) with a determined victory in the $150,000 Federico Tesio Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Pimlico.
Maryland invader Malibu Moonshine will carry top weight of 121 pounds in Saturday's John Battaglia Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds at Turfway Park as he faces eight others while going for his third consecutive stakes win.
A couple of heavy hitters from the New York area have shipped to Pimlico in an attempt to annex the $100,000 Laurel Futurity (gr. III) Saturday.
The last time he raced at Pimlico, Yankee Wildcat set the five-furlong turf track record. Saturday, on a yielding course, he merely blew away his opposition to win the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes for Maryland breds.
The Maryland Jockey Club honored King Leatherbury Saturday at Pimlico after he became the third trainer in history to win 6,000 races last month.
The Maryland Jockey Club will honor King Leatherbury, who last month became the third trainer in history to win 6,000 races, with a "Toast And Roast" Saturday at Pimlico.
History was made Saturday at Timonium when trainer King Leatherbury became only the third conditioner to saddle 6,000 winners as Cherokee Sunrise captured the seventh race on opening day of the state fair meet.
The 22-day Laurel Park summer meet ended Friday with Ryan Fogelsonger, Jerry Robb and Michael Gill winning individual titles, but trainer King Leatherbury failed to win his milestone 6,000th race.
With three victories on Wedneday's card at Laurel Park, jockey Mario Pino moved ahead of Jacinto Vazquez into 16th spot on the all-time list with 5,229 wins.
With three days remaining in the Laurel Park summer meet Ryan Fogelsonger surged to the top of the jockey standings by riding five winners on Sunday's nine-race card.
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