Connections and Maryland horsemen salute four-time Maryland Horse of the Year Ben's Cat following his July 18 death at age 11.
Remembering the career and life of the one and only Ben's Cat.
Four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and multi-million dollar-earner Ben’s Cat, who underwent colic surgery July 6 to repair an epiploic foramen entrapment, was euthanized July 18 due to complications that arose during his recovery.
Four-time Maryland Horse of the Year Ben's Cat remains in critical condition but is said to be improving since undergoing surgery at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute to repair an epiploic foramen entrapment July 6.
Ben's Cat is currently recovering in the McGee Medicine Center under the care of Dr. Rana Bozorgmanesh.
Highlighted by the Maryland Million program, four graded events, and a tribute to recently retired Mid-Atlantic legend Ben's Cat, the Maryland Jockey Club will offer 44 stakes worth $4.42 million in purses during its fall meet at Laurel Park.
Chris Welker spent the morning sitting under a tree in a paddock watching Ben's Cat settle into his new home on a breezy June 29 at Spring Ridge Farm near Versailles, Ky. She considered pinching herself, but didn't want to spoil the tranquility.
For King Leatherbury, the final stakes win of Ben's Cat will always be the memory that's front and center; the day Ben's Cat seemingly did the impossible.
The horse who ended the dominance of Ben's Cat in the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico Race Course May 19 was taking a pretty significant step down in class.
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 the $100,000 Maker's Mark Jim McKay Turf Sprint May 19 at Pimlico Race Course.
Made Bail 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 the featured seventh race allowance April 16 at Laurel Park.
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 April 16 at Laurel Park.
With an eye on returning to New York for the Wood Memorial Stakes (G2) April 8 at Aqueduct Racetrack, M M G Stables' dual grade 3 winner El Areeb breezed March 23 at his Laurel Park base for trainer Cal Lynch.
Multi-millionaire gelding Ben's Cat began working toward his 11-year-old debut with a three-furlong breeze March 11 at Laurel Park.
Last fall, Admirals War Chest had lost five consecutive races before turning an out-of-town Maryland Million prep victory into his front-running score in the day’s richest race.
Ben's Cat, whose 26 stakes victories include three in the Maryland Million, had his final work Oct. 15 for "Maryland's Day at the Races," set for Oct. 22 at Laurel Park.
Four defending champions and six other past winners are among the 185 nominees to nine stakes on the 31st annual Jim McKay Maryland Million Day program Oct. 22 at Laurel Park.
Juvenile first-time starter Will Call drew off in the stretch of his maiden special weight debut Sept. 28 at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino to become the first winner for his freshman sire Country Day.
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Will retire to Country Life Farm Nov. 30.
During a distinguished 58-race career that began in 2010, Ben's Cat has 32 victories—26 of them in stakes—and has earned more than $2.6 million.
The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat, as part of "Maryland Pride" day at Laurel Park Aug. 20, will attempt to win the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes at six furlongs on the grass for the seventh consecutive year.
Maryland star Ben's Cat breezed a half-mile Aug. 12 at Laurel Park in his final timed work before seeking to win the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes for the seventh successive year Aug. 20.
The Jim Stable's 10-year-old Ben's Cat, winner of 26 stakes in his career, will try for his seventh consecutive victory in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes Aug. 20, which is "Maryland Pride Day" at Laurel Park.
Patricia Generazio's homebred Pure Sensation claimed his second straight grade III victory sprinting on the turf July 9 in the $200,000 Parx Dash Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Parx Racing.
Two sharp turf sprinters owned by Colts Neck Stables, along with The Jim Stable's Ben's Cat and recent grade III winner Pure Sensation, are among 10 horses entered in the $200,000 Parx Dash (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds and up July 9 at Parx Racing.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Awakino Cat||Gary C. Contessa||
|Ben's Cat||King T. Leatherbury||
|Cardashi||Timothy C. Kreiser||
|Central City||Ronny W. Werner||
|Chamberlain Bridge||W. Bret Calhoun||
|Country Day||Steve Margolis||
|Heros Reward||Dale Capuano||
|Perfect Officer||Anthony W. Dutrow||
|Regally Ready||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Streakin' Mohican||Bill Brashears||
|Yield Bogey||Danny Gargan||
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