The Breeders' Cup World Championships are on the horizon, but not
all the stakes winners around are certain to get there. One such horse
is Ben's Cat who is bred, owned and trained by Maryland legend King
See, the five-year-old won the Turf Monster Handicap
on Labor Day at Parx Racing which is part of the "Win and You're In"
series. By winning the five- furlong turf race Ben's Cat reserved
himself an automatic berth in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint
at Churchill Downs on November 5.
However, Leatherbury didn't
nominate his horse to the Breeders' Cup, meaning a $100,000 supplemental
fee has to be paid in order for Ben's Cat to start. The owner/trainer
is looking for a person or persons to step forward.
"I have one guy from California interested," Leatherbury said
Thursday at Laurel Park. "He would get his $100,000 back if we finished
in the top three. We would split whatever is left over. If the horse
wins or finishes second everyone is happy. It would be a tremendous
human interest story with us having to buy our way into the race."