Obviously, it wasn't all bad for Leatherbury and Ben's Cat. The gelding was voted Maryland Horse of the Year four times, and he ended up earning over $2.6 million over a 63-race career. Ben's Cat retired at the end of June this year, but suffered a bout of colic and passed away shortly after arriving at his retirement home in Kentucky.

“I probably didn't try hard enough to get Ben in [the 2011 Breeders' Cup],” Leatherbury said. “I think he would've won it that year, and he'd have been right there in the money for the next couple years. I wish I would have known the future a bit. That would have changed things. That's in the past, and who knows. But, yeah, regrets.”

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