Ben's Cat wins $250,000 Fabulous Strike at Penn National

Leatherbury's brown gelding beats Ribo Bobo

November 27, 2013|Sports Digest

Horse racing

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.

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Catonsville girls soccer coach Fitzpatrick resigns

Catonsville girls soccer coach James Fitzpatrick, who led the Comets to the Class 4A state title game this season, has decided to step down after 12 seasons. Fitzpatrick had a 117-58-1 record, leading the Comets to a 17-2 mark that included titles in Baltimore County and the Class 4A North region. Catonsville won 16 straight games before losing to Walt Whitman, 2-0, for the state title..

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Men's college basketball: UMBC announced that three Maryland-based players have signed letters of intent: 6-foot-4 Silver Spring shooting guard Malcolm Brent (Northwood), 6-2 Bowie combo guard Jourdan Grant (Archbishop Spalding) and 6-7 Frederick forward Lamell Washington (Tuscarora).

Men's college diving: UMBC junior Ryan Green (Centennial), who broke the 300-point plateau on the 3-meter board for this first time in his career last weekend at the Patriot Invitational, was named the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Diver of the Week.

Men's gymnastics: Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore will participate in the DTB Cup — Team Challenge starting today in Stuttgart, Germany. The top four teams advance to Saturday's finals.

Ultimate: The D.C. Current disc team of Major League Ultimate re-signed seven players, including Calvin Oung of Towson.

Tennis: The U.S. Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section honored Peggy Sange of Severna Park as the League Coordinator of the Year and the Moulton-Levy and English family of West Friendship as the Family of the Year.

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