Four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and multi-million dollar-earner 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 on July 6.
Known as “The Pride of Maryland” during his 63-race career, the 11-year-old Parker's Storm Cat gelding retired in June to Bayne and Christina Welker's Spring Ridge Farm in Versailles, Ky. He continues to be under the care of internal medicine specialist Dr. Rana Bozorgmanesh.
“Ben is in the best possible hands and continues to receive around-the-clock care. He was bright and interactive when I visited him today, and it took a bit of weight off my shoulders to see how pleased both Drs. [True] Baker and [Rana] Bozorgmanesh were with his progress thus far,” said Christina Welker. “From the team at Hagyard to King Leatherbury and all of Ben's fans, everyone has been amazingly compassionate and supportive. This horse has an incredible amount of positive energy surrounding him.”
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