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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,Sun Staff Writer | May 22, 1994
Tabasco Cat will go down in history as the first Preakness winner for Kentucky's well-known Overbrook Farm, but the colors that will spend the next year on the Pimlico weather vane are David Reynolds'."
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Sports Digest | October 12, 2014
Laurel Park $100,000 Sprint more likely for Ben's Cat Owner-trainer King Leatherbury said Saturday that he is leaning toward entering Ben's Cat in the $100,000 Sprint at next Saturday's Jim McKay Maryland Million but won't make a decision until he handicaps both the Sprint and $125,000 Turf. Ben's Cat, who could become the first horse to win four Maryland Million races, is pre-entered in both races. Leatherbury, 81, says that if his decision is clear-cut, he will not cross-enter the horse, as he did last year.
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Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2010
Trainer King Leatherbury didn't expect much from Ben's Cat. The horse had suffered a broken pelvis as a 2-year-old and spent nearly a year getting better in his stall. He didn't run at all at ages 2 or 3, so when he was finally ready to hit the racetrack as a 4-year-old no one expected much. Leatherbury entered him in a $20,000 claiming race. The horse won. Leatherbury entered him in a $25,000 claiming race and the horse won again. And no one claimed him. "Each time he ran, he got better," Leatherbury said.
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Sports Digest | September 28, 2014
Laurel Park Dreamsgonewild upsets Ben's Cat In a blanket finish, Dreamsgonewild ran down the speed and held off Ben's Cat to win the $100,000 Laurel Dash, the last of six turf stakes Saturday at Laurel Park. The 12-race card featured five open stakes races on the turf and the Jameela Stakes for Maryland-bred and/or -sired runners. Dreamsgonewild, a speedy son of Freud who was ridden by Trevor McCarthy and trained by Bruce Alexander , covered the 6-furlong distance in 1 minute, 7.99 seconds, just a few tenths off the course record of 1:07.29.
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By Stephen R. Proctor and By Stephen R. Proctor,Sun Staff | February 24, 2002
Stud: Adventures in Breeding, by Kevin Conley. Bloomsbury. 209 pages. $24.95. This book started life as a New Yorker story about the world's No. 1 stud -- the Kentucky stallion Storm Cat, who spends his retirement cavorting with the world's finest mares and earns $20 million a year for his troubles. Such a life -- one that would seem to be rich with possibilities for a gifted writer. But, sadly, this is one of those stories -- Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild also comes to mind -- that works brilliantly in a magazine but strains to become a book.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 8, 2000
After years of stocking shelves all night at Giant supermarkets, Pat Konka and his wife, Maureen Johnson, decided to turn a dream into reality. They scraped together every dollar and bought a 50-acre horse farm in Westminster. "We'd work at Giant at night and the farm during the day," Konka said. "We were hanging on by the skin of our teeth. We did it all ourselves. We couldn't afford any help. "We were so poor for so long, the only entertainment we could afford was sitting at the kitchen table at night reading the Blood-Horse, Thoroughbred Times or stud books.
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From Sun staff reports | April 6, 2014
Julian Pimentel kept Ben's Cat under a snug hold until a furlong from home, then signaled for him to go and spurted away to win the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes, the first of three stakes races Saturday at Pimlico Race Course . This was the fifth year in a row that the King Leatherbury homebred has won the Mister Diz. Hall of Famer Kelso won the Jockey Club Gold Cup five straight times (1960-64). Making his season debut, the 8-year old son of Parker's Storm Cat covered the 5-furlong distance over the good turf in 1 minute, 1.75 seconds.
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From Sun staff reports | May 31, 2014
Maryland sensation Ben's Cat will attempt to become the seventh Maryland-bred to reach the $2 million earnings mark when the King Leatherbury homebred competes in the Grade 3, $300,000 Jaipur Invitational at Belmont Park next Saturday. A first- or second-place finish will allow Ben's Cat to reach the milestone. "The last three years we have run in the Pennsylvania Governor's Cup and it fit perfectly into the schedule," Leatherbury said. "That was my original plan until the New York race came on our radar screen.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,SUN STAFF | November 17, 1995
One of Maryland's great thoroughbred stables is about to disperse its racing stock.Israel Cohen, the Giant Food chairman and longtime owner/breeder who built his own deluxe barn to house his horses at Laurel Park, will be selling 25 racehorses in a special sales event at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic auction at the Timonium Fairgrounds on Dec. 4.Cohen, 82, is suffering from a malignant bone marrow disorder that forced him to step down from his position at...
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | November 21, 1993
Live Sunday racing will return to Laurel Race Course on Dec. 26.Track operator Joe De Francis experimented with running simulcasts only on Sundays since NFL games affected live cards last year as much as 20 percent when the Washington Redskins had a home game.But De Francis said that the experiment has pretty much been "a wash."Not many people could have predicted how badly the Redskins would perform this season, posting a 2-7 record, the team's worst start in 30 years.Wednesday replaced Sunday as a live racing day and the result has been disappointing.
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From Sun staff reports | May 31, 2014
Maryland sensation Ben's Cat will attempt to become the seventh Maryland-bred to reach the $2 million earnings mark when the King Leatherbury homebred competes in the Grade 3, $300,000 Jaipur Invitational at Belmont Park next Saturday. A first- or second-place finish will allow Ben's Cat to reach the milestone. "The last three years we have run in the Pennsylvania Governor's Cup and it fit perfectly into the schedule," Leatherbury said. "That was my original plan until the New York race came on our radar screen.
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From Sun staff reports | April 6, 2014
Julian Pimentel kept Ben's Cat under a snug hold until a furlong from home, then signaled for him to go and spurted away to win the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes, the first of three stakes races Saturday at Pimlico Race Course . This was the fifth year in a row that the King Leatherbury homebred has won the Mister Diz. Hall of Famer Kelso won the Jockey Club Gold Cup five straight times (1960-64). Making his season debut, the 8-year old son of Parker's Storm Cat covered the 5-furlong distance over the good turf in 1 minute, 1.75 seconds.
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From Sun staff reports | September 22, 2013
Robert Abbo Racing Stable's Immortal Eyes left the gate in a flash, opened up quickly on his rivals and won the $350,000 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash handily over the sloppy track Saturday at Laurel Park. The Fall Festival of Racing program also featured five open stakes races on the turf course plus the Jameela Stakes for Maryland-breds. Travis Dunkelberger and Immortal Eyes were 63/4 lengths in front of Saturday's Charm at the finish of the De Francis, in a time of 1 minute, 8.47 seconds for the 6-furlong distance.
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Sports Digest | April 7, 2013
Pimlico Race Course Ben's Cat wins Mister Diz for 4th year in row Make that four years in a row for Ben's Cat in the $75,000 Mister Diz Stakes. The Jim Stable star from the King Leatherbury barn carried Julian Pimentel to an easy 13/4-length victory over the firm turf at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. "Four years in a row, that's quite rare," said Leatherbury, who owns, trains and bred Ben's Cat. "He is amazing. " Sent to post at odds of 2-5, Ben's Cat broke with the leaders, patiently sat off a two-horse duel, moved up and swept by without urging and spurted away.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2010
Regal Solo broke slow, but that said nothing about his performance in the 25th Jim McKay Maryland Million Classic Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park. The 5-year-old gelded son of 1996 Preakness winner Louis Quatorze ran in the pack with the other five entries for most of the race, but after enduring dirt in his face for most of the 1 1/8th mile course, his jockey Sheldon Russell (a three-time winner Saturday) swung Regal Solo wide for room and he came running down the stretch to a 1 1/4th-length victory over Hot Abroad.
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Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2010
Trainer King Leatherbury didn't expect much from Ben's Cat. The horse had suffered a broken pelvis as a 2-year-old and spent nearly a year getting better in his stall. He didn't run at all at ages 2 or 3, so when he was finally ready to hit the racetrack as a 4-year-old no one expected much. Leatherbury entered him in a $20,000 claiming race. The horse won. Leatherbury entered him in a $25,000 claiming race and the horse won again. And no one claimed him. "Each time he ran, he got better," Leatherbury said.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2010
Regal Solo broke slow, but that said nothing about his performance in the 25th Jim McKay Maryland Million Classic Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park. The 5-year-old gelded son of 1996 Preakness winner Louis Quatorze ran in the pack with the other five entries for most of the race, but after enduring dirt in his face for most of the 1 1/8th mile course, his jockey Sheldon Russell (a three-time winner Saturday) swung Regal Solo wide for room and he came running down the stretch to a 1 1/4th-length victory over Hot Abroad.
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From Sun staff reports | September 22, 2013
Robert Abbo Racing Stable's Immortal Eyes left the gate in a flash, opened up quickly on his rivals and won the $350,000 Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash handily over the sloppy track Saturday at Laurel Park. The Fall Festival of Racing program also featured five open stakes races on the turf course plus the Jameela Stakes for Maryland-breds. Travis Dunkelberger and Immortal Eyes were 63/4 lengths in front of Saturday's Charm at the finish of the De Francis, in a time of 1 minute, 8.47 seconds for the 6-furlong distance.
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By Stephen R. Proctor and By Stephen R. Proctor,Sun Staff | February 24, 2002
Stud: Adventures in Breeding, by Kevin Conley. Bloomsbury. 209 pages. $24.95. This book started life as a New Yorker story about the world's No. 1 stud -- the Kentucky stallion Storm Cat, who spends his retirement cavorting with the world's finest mares and earns $20 million a year for his troubles. Such a life -- one that would seem to be rich with possibilities for a gifted writer. But, sadly, this is one of those stories -- Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild also comes to mind -- that works brilliantly in a magazine but strains to become a book.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 8, 2000
After years of stocking shelves all night at Giant supermarkets, Pat Konka and his wife, Maureen Johnson, decided to turn a dream into reality. They scraped together every dollar and bought a 50-acre horse farm in Westminster. "We'd work at Giant at night and the farm during the day," Konka said. "We were hanging on by the skin of our teeth. We did it all ourselves. We couldn't afford any help. "We were so poor for so long, the only entertainment we could afford was sitting at the kitchen table at night reading the Blood-Horse, Thoroughbred Times or stud books.
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