Updated on 09/26/2012 7:15PM

Parx: Ben's Cat up late to take Turf Monster

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Ben's Cat, with Jeremy Rose riding, wins the Turf Monster.

Ben's Cat and rider Jeremy Rose stormed through the lane to edge Perfect Officer by a half-length in the Grade 3, $350,000 Turf Monster at five furlongs on Monday at Parx Racing.

The victory in the Turf Monster, a Breeders' Cup Challenge Win and You're In event, ensures Ben's Cat a fees-paid spot in the BC Turf Sprint in November at Churchill Downs.

It also gave the 5-year-old gelding a sweep of the state's top grass sprints. Ben's Cat won the Pennsylvania Governor's Cup at Penn National in his previous start.

Trained by Maryland legend King Leatherbury, Ben's Cat got his 12th win in 17 starts. He paid $10.60 to win.

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Chamberlain Bridge, winner of this race the last two years and the defending Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint champion, was third.

The time was 57.30 seconds on the firm course.

Regally Ready, the 8-5 favorite was 10th.

Central City, the runner-up in last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, collapsed and died in the stretch.