07/12/2014 4:54PM

Ben's Cat hits $2 million mark with third straight win in Dash

Barbara Weidl/Equiphoto
Ben's Cat (9) rallies to get up in time for his third straight win in the Parx Dash.

The remarkable Ben's Cat finished furiously outside horses to get up in the final strides and win a three-horse blanket finish in the Grade 3 Parx Dash. The victory was Ben's Cat's third straight in the Dash and pushed his earnings past $2 million for the Jim Stable of his owner-breeder-trainer King Leatherbury.

Ben's Cat, 8, has now won 27 of 41 career starts. He was well back early in the five-furlong Parx Dash, rallied into the stretch from well out in the course, and was up to nail Tightend Touchdown by a nose. Marchman, between the top two at the wire, was another nose back in third. Bold Thunder who took the lead in upper stretch, was outfinished late and finished fourth, 1 1/2 lengths behind Marchman.

Ben's Cat was coming off a troubled fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Jaipur at Belmont Park. Prior to that race, he had won three straight. He concluded 2013 by winning the $250,000 Fabulous Strike at Penn National. He began this season by winning the Mister Diz for Maryland-breds at Pimlico and the open Turf Sprint, which was transferred to the main track, at Pimlico on May 16.

Ben's Cat completed the five furlongs over firm turf in 56.62 seconds. The top three finishers were all sent off at 5-2 in the nine-horse field. Ben's Cat paid $7.40 as the third choice in the betting.

ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
His legend lives on. Ben's Cat continues to amaze & dazzle.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
one of the greatest stretch runs Ive ever seen! this 8 yr old is ageing like fine wine! very well done!
Scott Kromer More than 1 year ago
Was at parx to watch it live. Literally stood right next to owners of Ben's Cat during the race. When he won he screamed "F*** Yeah! That's how it's F***** done" and slapped his wife on the butt. It was awesome to see that emotion. (In a suit too)
Scott Kromer More than 1 year ago
If you go to 6:15 in the video that's me waving both my hands in the air
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
okay. Good job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Last time I was at Parx they took away the lower floors and gave it to the slots. There was no space for Horse people.
Scott Kromer More than 1 year ago
its a little more spaced since then...ive only been to parx and penn nat and I prefer penn national
mike More than 1 year ago
Yeah the owners sound really classy, (eye roll) perhaps the could learn a thing or two from the horse.
mike More than 1 year ago
rather,they could
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
King owns the Jim Stable....and he wasn't there....so not sure who these "owners" were
Scott Kromer More than 1 year ago
co-owners....he's the one with the suit and glasses in the winners circle
Liz Collard More than 1 year ago
Good for him, and thank you for giving him his due with a bit of the limelight. He's stuck around , run some big races and is as good as ever.
Walter More than 1 year ago
King, don't be cheap. Send him to the BC Turf Sprint. He will love 6.5 down the hill
TheRaiderFan More than 1 year ago
He'd be off the board in the BC turf sprint, he's made a nice career beating up on the mid atlantic crop but isn't able to win real graded races anymore.
Adam More than 1 year ago
RaiderFan: Regarding his ability to win a graded race, isn't that what this article is about? Him winning a graded race 2 days ago?
mike More than 1 year ago
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Thanks to the Racing Gods for The King and his Cat!
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Well stated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At Great odds. I want to thank Mr.Jeradi for writing about the Cat.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Super impressive. Ben's Cat is the real deal. Talk about heart....watch this race if you haven't seen it. Well done.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago