Ben's Cat

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Kurenai
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Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:24 am

That's just horrible. For his racing team and for his new owners. Both parties probably will do a lot of second guessing. But it's nobody's fault really. I feel so very sad for them.

I don't know... over the few years I've known quite a few ex race horses that did not transition well into their second career and died from colic (yes they were sound and vet checked). I am myself sometimes wondering if the sudden lack of activity/training plus the combination of new surroundings/feed etc might cause this in some horses. Colics can happen any time of course, but from my personal experience it seems that the rate is much higher during the transition phase in thoroughbreds. The first 3 to 6 months were always crucial, afterwards it didn't happen more often than in other horses.
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Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:02 am

Video from last year of King Trying to give an interview with Ben interrupting - just like a little kid.

https://www.facebook.com/WatchXBTV/vide ... 706790050/
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Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:50 pm

Another BH article about the great Ben's Cat.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... n-bens-cat

This has been tough on alot of people, but I feel so bad for Mr. Leatherbury. I'm bettting it was a long night...

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Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:16 pm

Ballerina wrote:Video from last year of King Trying to give an interview with Ben interrupting - just like a little kid.

https://www.facebook.com/WatchXBTV/vide ... 706790050/
That video was sweet, with Ben "grooming" King...and, of course, trying for another treat.

We can't know what causes things like what happened to Ben, but it's certainly fair to wonder if taking him away from the life and people he knew for so many years might have caused undue stress.

Several people here have the opinion that bringing aged stallions back from overseas might not be in the best interest of the horses. I have come to appreciate that perspective and find myself more in agreement with it that previously. Although the situations are not identical, there are parallels to such situations as what happened to Charismatic and what happened with Ben. :cry:
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Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:28 pm

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... ?id=222640

Photo tribute is up. He was such a handsome boy
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Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:37 pm

This informative article addresses the idea that Ben's Cat's problems may have been caused by the changes in his environment.

Veterinarian: Ben’s Cat Colic A Complex Condition, Unrelated To Retirement
Readers reacted with shock and disappointment at Tuesday's news of the death of Ben's Cat, four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and fan favorite, from complications related to colic. The gelding had undergone surgery July 6 for an epiploic foramen entrapment, a complicated condition with high risk of complications.
Although the timing of his colic was especially frustrating, coming soon after his retirement earlier this year, veterinarian Dr. Rana Bozorgmanesh, who treated the multimillionaire at Haygard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky, said the two events are not related.

Read more: https://www.paulickreport.com/horse-car ... etirement/
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Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:57 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:This informative article addresses the idea that Ben's Cat's problems may have been caused by the changes in his environment.

Veterinarian: Ben’s Cat Colic A Complex Condition, Unrelated To Retirement
Readers reacted with shock and disappointment at Tuesday's news of the death of Ben's Cat, four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and fan favorite, from complications related to colic. The gelding had undergone surgery July 6 for an epiploic foramen entrapment, a complicated condition with high risk of complications.
Although the timing of his colic was especially frustrating, coming soon after his retirement earlier this year, veterinarian Dr. Rana Bozorgmanesh, who treated the multimillionaire at Haygard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky, said the two events are not related.

Read more: https://www.paulickreport.com/horse-car ... etirement/
Thanks for posting that. Very informative and interesting.
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Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:43 pm

Just rotten, horrible luck. So unfair. :cry:
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Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:40 pm

Laurel Park To Host Tribute To Ben’s Cat Nov. 11
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King Leatherbury and Ben's Cat
A tribute to late Mid-Atlantic legend Ben's Cat will go on as planned Nov. 11 at Laurel Park and include a bobblehead giveaway in the likeness of the 26-time stakes winner and four-time Maryland Horse of the Year bred, owned and trained by Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury.

Maryland Jockey Club officials originally set aside the date as a ceremony to honor Ben's Cat on his retirement at age 11 just days after he ran ninth in the Mister Diz June 24 at Laurel. Ben's Cat was sent to the Kentucky farm of Bayne and Christina Welker June 28 but developed colic and underwent surgery July 6. He was euthanized July 18 due to post-surgical complications.
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/thor ... at-nov-11/
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Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:18 pm

Ben's Cat to be Buried at Laurel Park
The connections of four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and multi-million-dollar earner Ben's Cat, who succumbed to complications from colic surgery soon after retiring from racing earlier this summer, announced July 31 that he will be returned to Maryland and buried at Laurel Park.

"King Leatherbury asked if we would bury Ben's ashes at Laurel, since that is where he spent most of his life," said Georganne Hale, Vice President of Racing for the Maryland Jockey Club. "Ben's ashes will be laid to rest next to the historic Laurel paddock, which will allow fans the opportunity to visit his plot."
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... aurel-park
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Sparrow Castle wrote:Ben's Cat to be Buried at Laurel Park
The connections of four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and multi-million-dollar earner Ben's Cat, who succumbed to complications from colic surgery soon after retiring from racing earlier this summer, announced July 31 that he will be returned to Maryland and buried at Laurel Park.

"King Leatherbury asked if we would bury Ben's ashes at Laurel, since that is where he spent most of his life," said Georganne Hale, Vice President of Racing for the Maryland Jockey Club. "Ben's ashes will be laid to rest next to the historic Laurel paddock, which will allow fans the opportunity to visit his plot."
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... aurel-park

Nice. I like the idea.

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Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:20 pm

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Tried to do Ben's Cat justice one more time.

Ben’s Cat leaves us all wondering why
You can always train the other guy’s horse. That’s what my father says whenever anyone second-guesses someone else’s handling of a horse, a child, a sports team, a business, pretty much anything.

It’s easy to question decisions from the sidelines, difficult to actually make decisions in the barn or on the field or in the executive chair.

Owner/trainer/breeder King T. Leath­er­bury retired Ben’s Cat in June, and lived up to a promise by sending the 10-year-old gelding to the Kentucky farm of Chris Welker. The decision was different, but Leatherbury is different and so was his horse. Welker loved Ben’s Cat, provided an amazing home and promised to enjoy him for as long as he lived. The four-time Maryland-bred Horse of the Year would get a chance to go trail riding someday, or not. It would be up to him.

But it wasn’t meant to be.

He got colic and died less than a month after he was retired. The news felt like a punch from Joe Frazier or a body check from Scott Stevens, and made anyone wonder what would have happened if Leatherbury hadn’t retired him or left the horse at Laurel for a month or sent him to a local farm.

I don’t know what would have happened. I do know none of those choices would have made Ben’s Cat immune from colic, or any other ailment. If you haven’t figured it out by now, Thoroughbreds are as fragile as dollar-store eyeglasses. Horses seemingly get sick and injured on whims or puffs of ill wind. They kick walls, stick their legs through fence boards, get stuck up against the stall wall. Better Talk Now was retired for eight years – most of them in the same field – and got colic and died in June.
More: http://midatlantictb.com/cms/index.php/ ... dering-why
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Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:23 pm

A Tribute To Ben’s Cat: A Legend ‘Gone Too Soon’
On Saturday, Nov. 11, Laurel Park will be hosting ‘Ben's Cat Day', which was originally a day set aside by the Maryland Jockey Club to hold a tribute to the gallant gelding upon his retirement. Ben's Cat was sent to Bayne and Christina Welker's farm in Kentucky. However, on June 28, Ben's Cat developed colic and underwent surgery July 6. Ben's Cat was euthanized July 18 due to complications from his surgery,

In addition to the stakes races on Saturday, Laurel will be giving away a poster and bobblehead in the likeness of Ben's Cat, whose ashes will be buried adjacent to the historic paddock. His Hall of Fame breeder, owner and trainer, King Leatherbury, and the five jockeys to ride him will also sign autographs following the third race.
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/thor ... gone-soon/

Loose Horse: Ben’s Cat gone too soon
http://midatlantictb.com/cms/index.php/ ... e-too-soon
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Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:40 am

His ashes were just buried outside the Laurel park paddock
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Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:26 pm

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Grab a free Ben's Cat bobblehead when you buy a program today
gif at the link: https://twitter.com/LaurelPark/status/9 ... 6776827905
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Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:45 pm

Seems so fitting that the old boy, Classic Wildcat, won for Leatherbury on such a bittersweet day at Laurel.
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Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:00 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:Seems so fitting that the old boy, Classic Wildcat, won for Leatherbury on such a bittersweet day at Laurel.

Really, couldn't have been scripted better. Happy for Mr. Leatherbury and Classic Wildcat. One old War Horse saluting the memory of another on his special day.

Vandalay wrote:His ashes were just buried outside the Laurel park paddock
Could not have imagined at the beginning of the year that we would be reading such a somber and heartbreaking post. RIP Ben's Cat.

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Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:10 pm

Final salute to a local hero.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... aurel-park


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