Preakness weekend off to good start for Maryland connections

May 20, 2011|By Baltimore Sun staff

It's been a good start to Preakness weekend for Maryland horse racing.

In the first race of the day today, Sagamore Farm's All Mettle won the $30,000 maiden special weight race in just her second career start. She finished third in her first career race at Keeneland Opening Day on April 8.

Luciano was second and Aquitania finished third. Jose Lezcano had the mount on All Mettle, who paid $3 to win.

In the first stakes race of the day, the $75,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint, Ben's Cat, bred, owned and trained by legendary Maryland trainer King Leatherbury, covered the five furlongs in :59.71, rallying to win by two lengths. Jeremy Rose had the mount.

Local Celebrity finished second and Super Chunky was third.

Ben’s Cat paid $5.60.

“I thought he would win, but that was a special win," Leatherbury said. "He’s done that a couple of times when he’s fired in the stretch and rolled away.

"It’s beautiful when you see that. It’s very thrilling."

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