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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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Laurel Park To Host Tribute To Ben’s Cat Nov. 11

A tribute to late Mid-Atlantic legend Ben’s Cat will go on as planned Nov. 11 at Laurel Park and include a bobblehead giveaway in the likeness of the 26-time stakes winner and four-time Maryland Horse of the Year bred, owned and trained by Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury. Maryland Jockey Club officials originally set […]

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‘He Was Just Unbelievable’: Laurel Horsemen Pay Tribute To Ben’s Cat

Wearing a bright orange shirt and helmet cover, Elizabeth Eckert went about her business as an exercise rider for Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury Wednesday morning with a heavy heart. It was only the evening before that Eckert, working for Leatherbury at Laurel Park since December, had heard the news about Ben’s Cat, the […]

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‘My Heart Is Shattered’: Ben’s Cat Succumbs To Complications Of Colic Surgery

Four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and multi-million dollar-earner Ben’s Cat, who underwent colic surgery on July 6 to repair an epiploic foramen entrapment, was euthanized Tuesday due to complications that arose during his recovery. “It is with great sadness that we report that Ben’s Cat was euthanized this afternoon due to post-operative complications following […]

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Ben’s Cat Improving, But Still In Critical Condition Following Colic Surgery

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 […]

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