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Happy Lantern Gives Hall Of Famer Leatherbury 6,500th Winner

Happy Lantern lit up the toteboard at odds of 16-1 to give Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury his 6,500th career victory Saturday to kick off Fall Festival of Racing at Laurel Park. Ridden by Rosario Montanez, Happy Lantern ($34) came with a steady run down the center of the All Along turf course to […]

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Hamilton Smith Saddles Four Winners Sunday At Laurel

Trainer Hamilton Smith, a perennial leading trainer in Maryland, saddled four winners on Sunday’s 10-race program at Laurel Park. Smith, who began his training career in 1976 and has won more than 1,900 races, started the day saddling the winner of the early double, True Cat ($4.40) and Queen of Schmooze ($4.20). He then saddled the winner […]

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Paulick Report 7/19 News Minute Presented By Woodbine Racetrack

Stay in touch with Thoroughbred racing news throughout the day with the Paulick Report News Minute. In today’s edition, Scott Jagow shares the opening day numbers from Del Mar and looks forward to the beginning of the Saratoga meet on Friday. Plus, a well-known dirt filly is trying the grass for the first time and […]

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‘Hanging In There’: At 85, Leatherbury Poised To Reach 6,500 Victories

Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury will reach the 6,500 mark with his next victory, which could come as soon as Saturday at Laurel Park. Leatherbury, 85, has Norman Lewis’ Chateau de Vizille entered in Race 8, a second-level $42,000 allowance for 3-year-olds and up scheduled for 1 1/16 miles over the Exceller turf course. Co-highweighted at […]

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Con Una Participación Sin Precedentes, El Recordado Ben’s Cat Obtiene El Vox Populi Award

El desaparecido Ben’s Cat, cuatro veces Caballo del Año en Maryland y un apreciado héroe equino, ha sido galardonado con el Vox Populi Award, o “Voz del Pueblo,” con una participación récord de votantes. El premio, creado por la propietaria de Secretariat Penny Chenery, es un reconocimiento anual para aquel caballo cuya popularidad y excelencia […]

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Ben’s Cat Inspires Record-Setting Number Of Votes To Win ‘Vox Populi’ Award

The late Ben’s Cat, four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and beloved equine hero, has been awarded the 2017 Secretariat Vox Populi Award, or “Voice of the People,” with record-breaking voter participation. The award, created by Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery, annually recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained […]

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King Leatherbury’s Two Greatest ‘Regrets’ About Ben’s Cat

Reflecting after Saturday’s burial ceremony at Laurel Park, King Leatherbury told deadspin.com that he had “regrets, about Ben.” The breeder and trainer of Maryland legend Ben’s Cat, Leatherbury’s two greatest regrets come in the form of bets he didn’t make on the 32-time winning gelding. The first bet Leatherbury didn’t make came just after Ben’s Cat’s […]

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Farewell To The ‘Amazing, Magnificent’ Ben’s Cat

Under a brilliant sky of blue on a Saturday morning that brought freezing temperatures to the Mid-Atlantic, they laid the remains of Ben’s Cat in the frozen ground at Laurel Park. In a ceremony attended by approximately 150 horsemen, jockeys and fans – and breeder, owner and Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury – Ben’s Cat’s remains were […]

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A Tribute To Ben’s Cat: A Legend ‘Gone Too Soon’

On Saturday, Nov. 11, Laurel Park will be hosting ‘Ben’s Cat Day’, which was originally a day set aside by the Maryland Jockey Club to hold a tribute to the gallant gelding upon his retirement. Ben’s Cat was sent to Bayne and Christina Welker’s farm in Kentucky. However, on June 28, Ben’s Cat developed colic […]

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Ben’s Cat To Be Buried At Laurel Park On Nov. 11

The connections of four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and multi-million dollar-earner Ben’s Cat, who succumbed to complications from colic surgery soon after retiring from racing earlier this summer, announced today that he will be returned to Maryland and buried at Laurel Park. “King Leatherbury asked if we would bury Ben’s ashes at Laurel, since […]

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