11/21/2012 9:04PM

Penn National: Ben's Cat gets up to win Fabulous Strike by a head

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Ben's Cat, inside, nails Immortal Eyes on the wire in the Fabulous Strike Stakes.

Ben's Cat needed almost every inch of the Penn National stretch to get up and win the $200,000 Fabulous Strike, one of four stakes at Penn National Race Course on Wednesday evening.

Ridden by Julian Pimentel, Ben's Cat was never far back in the field of nine while on the inside early. Pimentel  had to alter course with Ben’s Cat, who was all out to prevail by a head over Immortal Eyes in the six-furlong race.

“He was blocked the whole way around, he had nowhere to go,” Pimentel said. “Once I hit the quarter pole and he found some room, he just took off. I had a ton of horse and luckily I found some room.”

Immortal Eyes prompted the early and drew clear in upper stretch but just failed, settling for second, three-quarters of a length in front of Poseidon’s Warrior in third. Il Villlano, the 2-1 favorite, stumbled at the start and then failed to menace.

The running time was 1.09.50 over a fast track. Ben's Cat, a 6-year-old trained by King Leatherbury, earned $111,200. He has now won 19 races from 29 starts and has earnings of $1.35 million. Ben’s Cat returned $13.80 to win.

Daylily: Nicole H much the best

Odds-on favorite Nicole H stalked the early pace while three wide under Daniel Centeno before taking over in midstretch to win the $100,000 Daylily by 3 1/2 lengths.

Trained by Michael Hushion, Nicole H paid ran the six furlongs over a fast track in 1.09.41 and returned $2.80 to win in the five-horse field. Winning Image was second, 4 1/4 lengths in front of Prize Winner.

Nicole H has now won seven of her 27 career starts while earning $731,444. A 5-year-old, she is 4 for 11 this year.

Swatara: San Pablo wins going away

San Pablo was headed on the turn of the $100,000 Swatara but came again in the stretch to win the mile and a sixteenth race under Chris DeCarlo by 4 1/2 widening lengths.

Sent off as the odds-on favorite in the four-horse field, San Pablo led from the start but was overtaken by Norman Asbjornson at the quarter pole. San Pablo dug in and drew off late forcing Norman Asbjornson to settle for second, three-quarters of a length in front of Isn’t He Perfect. San Pablo, trained by Todd Pletcher, returned $2.80 to win and was timed over a fast track in 1.44.15.

“My instructions were to let him get into a rhythm and if he was in front, fine, and if he was sitting off one, fine,” DeCarlo said. “He broke sharp and I found myself in front and he was just galloping along. Once I hit the three-eighths pole, someone came up inside of me, but my horse got focused and went right after it. He’s a little bit lazy, but he’s very competitive and likes to fight.”

Blue Mountain: Foxy Sara holds on
Foxy Sara, under jockey Matt Rispoli, won the $75,000 Blue Mountain for Pennsylvania 2-year-old fillies. Trained by Norm Pointer, Foxy Sara held off a late charge by favorite Kelwynne to score by a length. Humble Street was third in the 11-horse field, 1 3/4 lengths farther back.

Foxy Sara returned $12.20 to win and ran the six furlongs over a fast track in 1.11.47.