Ben's Cat wins $250,000 Fabulous Strike at Penn National
Maryland-based Ben's Cat repeated as winner of the $250,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap on Wednesday night at Penn National in Grantville, Pa., covering 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 9.74 seconds. Ridden by Julian Pimentel, the 7-year-old brown gelding paid $9.80 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.20 to show in the race for 3-year-olds and up. Ribo Bobo, who had won nine straight races, was second and Good Morning Diva third. Ben's Cat, bred, owned and trained by King Leatherbury, has 24 wins in 37 starts and earnings of $1,862,640. Leatherbury, 80, scratched Ben's Cat last month from the Maryland Million Sprint, which Ribo Bobo won by 53/4 lengths, to run instead in the 1-mile Maryland Million Turf, which his horse lost by a neck as the heavy favorite.
Laurel Park: Racing will start today with an 11:05 a.m. post time. In addition to nine races, the day features a pie giveaway after the fifth race at both Laurel and Pimlico Race Course. Free donuts with coffee or cider will be available from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Laurel's terrace dining room will feature a Thanksgiving buffet for $22.95. First post Friday and Saturday is 12:35 p.m. ... ... On Wednesday, apprentice Victor Carrasco won two races, aboard Aunt M ($6.40-race 1) and Whata Soandso ($9.20-race 7). He leads the Laurel fall standings with 39 victories, five more than fellow apprentice Trevor McCarthy. Carrasco and McCarthy are the local bug riders vying for the three Eclipse Award finalist spots; the others are Edgard Zayas, Manuel Franco and Emmanuel Esquivel.