that four years in a row for Ben’s Cat in the $75,000 Mister Diz
Stakes. The Jim Stable star from the King Leatherbury barn carried
Julian Pimentel to an easy 1-3/4 length victory over the firm turf at
Pimlico Race Course.
“Four years in a row, that’s quite rare,” said Leatherbury, who owns, trains and bred Ben’s Cat. “He is amazing.”
to post at odds of 2-5, Ben’s Cat broke with the leaders, patiently sat
off a two-horse duel, moved up and swept by without urging and spurted
away. The Parker’s Storm Cat 7-year old completed the five-furlong
distance in 57.74 and paid $2.80. Night Officer rallied up the rail to
take second and Disco Elvis finished third.
a remarkable horse,” said Pimentel. “We had a great trip. Those two
horses went at it and I sat behind them. When it was time, I asked him
and he took off.”
Ben’s Cat is now 20-of-30 lifetime with 15 stakes victories. The win pushed his career earnings to $1,402,290.
is our beginning race for this season which we’ve kicked it off the
last few years so we’re going to follow the same format,” added
Leatherbury, who ranks fourth on the all-time win list with 6,375
The 80-year-old credits Ben’s Cat with revitalizing his career.
brought me back to life,” said Leatherbury, who has 18 victories this
year, just seven fewer than all of 2012. “They were about ready to plant
me but we have come back to life by investing some of his earnings into
the claiming game.”
Leatherbury indicated he expects Ben’s Cat to run in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint on Black-Eyed Susan day, May 17.