Digest (Nov. 11): Remains of Ben's Cat laid to rest at Laurel

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 02:20:28 PM. In a ceremony attended by approximately 150 horsemen, jockeys and fans, led by breeder, owner and Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury, Ben's Cat's remains
In a ceremony attended by approximately 150 horsemen, jockeys and fans, led by breeder, owner and Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury, Ben's Cat's remains were lowered into the ground on the northeast side of Laurel's paddock. He died from complications following surgery earlier this year. "Ben's Cat was an amazing, magnificent animal," said Leatherbury, who placed a dozen orange roses — the color of Leatherbury's and Ben's Cat silks — in front of the gelding's final resting place. Ben's Cat Day Races: Thomas McClay's Prince of Hempt, racing for the first time outside of his native Pennsylvania for his stakes debut, kept his perfect record intact by rallying along the inside in deep stretch to upset Saturday's $100,000 City of Laurel on Ben's Cat Day at Laurel Park. The 7-furlong City of Laurel for 3-year-olds was the third of six stakes worth $575,000 in purses on an 11-race program that included a tribute to the life and career of late Mid-Atlantic legend Ben's Cat, who died this summer at the age of 11. MMG Stables' multiple Grade 3 winner El Areeb, coming off a knee injury that left him unraced since March 4, contested the early lead under jockey Jevian Toledo before fading to sixth in a field of eight. ... Graded-stakes placed Berned, trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Feargal Lynch, drove down the middle of the stretch to win the $100,000 Safely Kept. Owned by Three C Stables, West Point Thoroughbreds and Robert Masiello, Berned, a 3-year-old filly by Bernardini,...Read more
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