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Breeders' Cup 2017

Ben's Cat Belongs in Breeders' Cup

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 Leatherbury.


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."



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