Ben's Cat

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Ballerina
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Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:17 pm

The equine Gods can be so greedy. They do not need him. We did.

Irving Townsend from The Once Again Prince

We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle;
easily and often breached.

Unable to accept its awful gaps, we would still live no other way.

We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, yet never fully
understanding the necessary plan.
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Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:39 pm

Well fuck. It was supposed to be a slow Tuesday.
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Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:53 pm

I had hoped he could overcome the odds, like Paynter , I so wanted him to enjoy just being a horse, nibbling the grass, and being loved on--this is so unfair, it really is---rest in peace beautiful Ben
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Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:00 pm

RIP, Old Warrior. I wish you could have lived long enough to enjoy more than a few days of your retirement.
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Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:34 pm

This happened with the rescue horse I had. I was out for the afternoon feeding and all 3 horses were having fun, cantering and trotting around a few loops of the paddock then up to the feed tubs. Two approached theirs, and the rescue horse went passed his, dropped, and rolled. Odd time for that, i thought. About 5 seconds later I knew something was wrong, that he was collicking. Are you freaking kidding me? One second just fine, the next you're down and rolling?

Even though it ultimately took probably 3 or more hours to get him from the time he dropped to the surgery table (of course it happened around 6:00pm on a Friday night), It was immensely fortuitous that he dropped right in front of me. Had it been hours before he was discovered, then the situation would've been more dire. As it was, they only had to pull the pinched intestine out and none had to be removed.

The new owners are wonderful and highly reputable people, and I'm so sorry they went from such excitement to such a low. Of course, I'm sorry for his connections who he brought such joy and who they ensured had a good home. Finally, I know he had a lot of fans who followed him very closely, and they feel a personal loss as well.

Such a sad story. It's reminiscent of Lost in the Fog, who likewise seemed to have such an unfair ending.
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Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:26 pm

Two horses that make me sick to think about, simply due to their unfair fates - Lost In The Fog and Star Over The Bay.
Still makes my stomach turn.

RIP Ben's Cat. How awful he was only able to enjoy retirement for a month. My thoughts are with his connections, current and former.
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Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:30 pm

I am beyond heartbroken. I've seen almost every race he's run in the past seven years. Being a native Marylander, he was the epitome of a hard knocking gelding who may not be in a bunch of grade ones but dominated where he was best. Dirt, mud, grass it didn't matter. He tried everything and won on it. To us if asked he would run on water and find a way to get to the wire first. He even raced the wind and beat it. There were times he blew the field away and times he gave his fans heart failure to win by a whisker. He never threw in the towel. Even in his last two years when the bones were a bit more achy and the competition younger he tried harder than everyone else. I was there for his final win and the crowd gave him an ovation even Caesar could not muster. I was there when he ran his last race and the gleam and pride poured off of him. Still in defeat the crowd applauded. He didn't ask it of them but they gave it. We all did. He earned it. Just as he earned a retirement under the beautiful blue skies and lush green grass of Kentucky. He saw paradise on earth for horses and now he will see paradise alongside those we have lost. Somewhere out there he's still racing the wind and winning.
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Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:04 pm

Damn. Such a cruel twist of fate that Ben's Cat won't get to enjoy what should be the prime of his life. King loved that horse so much, it was his last "big" horse, has to be devastating for him.
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Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:31 pm

Prairie Bayou wrote:Somewhere out there he's still racing the wind and winning.
I want to believe that. I really do. Sigh. Too many times in my 70+ years, I've seen good ones go way before their time. Racing is a trail of broken hearts, but we know the pain because we also know the highs...the good times and wonderful horses.

I don't even want to say RIP Ben, because we should be enjoying pictures of him running with his new pasture mate. Because my heart can't find peace when there is such heartache.

So yes, I hope there is such a place where their spirits still exist and they run free, happy, without pain.

My sincere condolences to his immediate team and all who loved him.
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Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:56 pm

Maybe, just maybe, it's what is commonly referred to as a blessing in disguise, and is actually what was best for the horse in the big picture of life. King-L obviously knew that he thrived on racing, that's where he was happiest. Retirement is a funny thing, at least with people, some workaholics never adjust well and while others want them to enjoy retirement, it just isn't in the cards, I'm assuming it can be similar in horses, or at least that's the way I choose to believe it.

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Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:24 am

That's just horrible. For his racing team and for his new owners. Both parties probably will do a lot of second guessing. But it's nobody's fault really. I feel so very sad for them.

I don't know... over the few years I've known quite a few ex race horses that did not transition well into their second career and died from colic (yes they were sound and vet checked). I am myself sometimes wondering if the sudden lack of activity/training plus the combination of new surroundings/feed etc might cause this in some horses. Colics can happen any time of course, but from my personal experience it seems that the rate is much higher during the transition phase in thoroughbreds. The first 3 to 6 months were always crucial, afterwards it didn't happen more often than in other horses.
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Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:02 am

Video from last year of King Trying to give an interview with Ben interrupting - just like a little kid.

https://www.facebook.com/WatchXBTV/vide ... 706790050/
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Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:50 pm

Another BH article about the great Ben's Cat.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... n-bens-cat

This has been tough on alot of people, but I feel so bad for Mr. Leatherbury. I'm bettting it was a long night...

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Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:16 pm

Ballerina wrote:Video from last year of King Trying to give an interview with Ben interrupting - just like a little kid.

https://www.facebook.com/WatchXBTV/vide ... 706790050/
That video was sweet, with Ben "grooming" King...and, of course, trying for another treat.

We can't know what causes things like what happened to Ben, but it's certainly fair to wonder if taking him away from the life and people he knew for so many years might have caused undue stress.

Several people here have the opinion that bringing aged stallions back from overseas might not be in the best interest of the horses. I have come to appreciate that perspective and find myself more in agreement with it that previously. Although the situations are not identical, there are parallels to such situations as what happened to Charismatic and what happened with Ben. :cry:
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Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:28 pm

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... ?id=222640

Photo tribute is up. He was such a handsome boy
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Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:37 pm

This informative article addresses the idea that Ben's Cat's problems may have been caused by the changes in his environment.

Veterinarian: Ben’s Cat Colic A Complex Condition, Unrelated To Retirement
Readers reacted with shock and disappointment at Tuesday's news of the death of Ben's Cat, four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and fan favorite, from complications related to colic. The gelding had undergone surgery July 6 for an epiploic foramen entrapment, a complicated condition with high risk of complications.
Although the timing of his colic was especially frustrating, coming soon after his retirement earlier this year, veterinarian Dr. Rana Bozorgmanesh, who treated the multimillionaire at Haygard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky, said the two events are not related.

Read more: https://www.paulickreport.com/horse-car ... etirement/
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Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:57 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:This informative article addresses the idea that Ben's Cat's problems may have been caused by the changes in his environment.

Veterinarian: Ben’s Cat Colic A Complex Condition, Unrelated To Retirement
Readers reacted with shock and disappointment at Tuesday's news of the death of Ben's Cat, four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and fan favorite, from complications related to colic. The gelding had undergone surgery July 6 for an epiploic foramen entrapment, a complicated condition with high risk of complications.
Although the timing of his colic was especially frustrating, coming soon after his retirement earlier this year, veterinarian Dr. Rana Bozorgmanesh, who treated the multimillionaire at Haygard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky, said the two events are not related.

Read more: https://www.paulickreport.com/horse-car ... etirement/
Thanks for posting that. Very informative and interesting.
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Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:43 pm

Just rotten, horrible luck. So unfair. :cry:
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Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:40 pm

Laurel Park To Host Tribute To Ben’s Cat Nov. 11
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King Leatherbury and Ben's Cat
A tribute to late Mid-Atlantic legend Ben's Cat will go on as planned Nov. 11 at Laurel Park and include a bobblehead giveaway in the likeness of the 26-time stakes winner and four-time Maryland Horse of the Year bred, owned and trained by Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury.

Maryland Jockey Club officials originally set aside the date as a ceremony to honor Ben's Cat on his retirement at age 11 just days after he ran ninth in the Mister Diz June 24 at Laurel. Ben's Cat was sent to the Kentucky farm of Bayne and Christina Welker June 28 but developed colic and underwent surgery July 6. He was euthanized July 18 due to post-surgical complications.
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/thor ... at-nov-11/
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Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:18 pm

Ben's Cat to be Buried at Laurel Park
The connections of four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and multi-million-dollar earner Ben's Cat, who succumbed to complications from colic surgery soon after retiring from racing earlier this summer, announced July 31 that he will be returned to Maryland and buried at Laurel Park.

"King Leatherbury asked if we would bury Ben's ashes at Laurel, since that is where he spent most of his life," said Georganne Hale, Vice President of Racing for the Maryland Jockey Club. "Ben's ashes will be laid to rest next to the historic Laurel paddock, which will allow fans the opportunity to visit his plot."
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... aurel-park
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