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Ben's Cat named 2017 Vox Populi winner

Ben's Cat named 2017 Vox Populi winnerThe late Ben's Cat, four-time Maryland Horse of the Year, has been awarded the 2017 Secretariat Vox Populi Award, or "Voice of the People," with record-breaking voter participation. The award, created by Secretariat's late owner Penny Chenery, annually recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing.
During Ben's Cat's eight-year career, which included three races in 2017, the 11-year-old multiple stakes winner finished in the money in 48 of his 63 starts, earned $2.6 million and widespread fan devotion that grew from his Mid-Atlantic base and spread internationally. Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury bred, owned, and trained Ben's Cat.
While many of Thoroughbred racing’s stars emerge from the Triple Crown trail and other noteworthy stakes races, the beginnings for Ben’s Cat were humble. Leatherbury entered the then 4-year-old in a $16,000 maiden claiming race at Pimlico Race Course in 2010. The dark bay gelding, who was of modest breeding and had broken his pelvis a couple of years prior, won that race—and he kept winning year after year, on the turf and the dirt, during a long and accomplished career that culminated this past June and boasted 26 stakes victories. He died just a few weeks after his retirement following complications from colic.


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