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Parx: Ben's Cat turns tables on Tightend Touchdown in Parx Dash
By Joe DeVivo
A far cleaner trip in a much smaller field helped the millionaire turf sprinter Ben’s Cat turn the tables on Tightend Touchdown in Friday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Parx Dash Handicap at Parx Racing.
Shuffled extremely wide and forced to steady when one of his nine rivals bore out badly in last month’s Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup at Penn National, Ben’s Cat finished 7 1/4 lengths behind front-running Tightend Touchdown on June 1. The rematch, however, unfolded far differently.
For starters, Tightend Touchdown and jockey Javier Castellano were outgunned leaving the gate by Wild Memories, a former claimer whose best success has come in starter allowance races. Wild Memories opened up a three-length lead, chased down the backstretch by Tightend Touchdown, the 4-5 favorite in a field reduced to six by the scratch of Spring to the Sky.
Wild Memories, who set modest fractions of 22.19 and 46.67 seconds, tired badly at the top of the stretch, allowing Tightend Touchdown to inherit the lead and he moved 1 1/2 lengths in front with a furlong remaining. But Ben’s Cat ($4.60), who was as far back as nine lengths early, had no traffic problems this time and took dead aim on Tightend Touchdown. Urged on by Julian Pimental, Ben’s Cat took the lead inside the sixteenth pole and was 1 1/4 lengths clear at the finish.
It was the second straight Parx Dash title for Ben’s Cat, a 7-year-old gelding owned and trained by 80-year-old King Leatherbury. A year ago, Ben’s Cat set the Parx five-furlong course record of 54.96 seconds. Friday, he needed a relatively slow 59.13 to get the job done. Ben’s Cat has now won 22 of 33 starts and $1,597,140.
Tightend Touchdown settled for second, six lengths clear of the Todd Pletcher-trained Bridgetown in third.
King, don't be cheap! You have the money & you're not getting any younger. Send him to SA for the Breeders Cup Sprint. Remember, you can't take the money with you!
Never get tired of watching the Cat run. What a game, cool horse! Congrats to the King, Julian, and the rest of the connections. Hope to see him back for the Turf Monster at Parx, and maybe even the B.C. Turf Sprint this year. Come on, King, you can afford the supplemental fees now.
They said that the turf course was firm today. With all the rain in the area over the last week or two, I'm sorry. I cannot believe that the turf today was firm.
How can you not love Ben's Cat?
wake up Castalleno--lost race at start--should have been on lead--last race went to your head--just another jockey like Borel
TT shud never havevwon the Penn race if someone chalkened him. With his record, Bens Cat shud never play second fiddle to TT. The Penn race was a complete aberration.
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