Saturday, May 21, 2011
Ben’s Cat Triumphs In Jim McKay Turf Sprint
BALTIMORE, 5-20-11 – The Jim Stable’s Ben’s Cat stormed home a convincing winner in the $75,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico Race Course, the first of seven stakes races on the Preakness eve card.
Last away from the starting gate under jockey Jeremy Rose, Ben’s Cat covered the five-furlong distance in :59.71, rallying through the stretch to win by two lengths. Local Celebrity finished second and Super Chunky was third.
Ben’s Cat paid $5.60.
Jim McKay Turf Sprint Quotes
King Leatherbury (winning trainer, Ben’s Cat) – “I thought he would win, but that was a special win. 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. I was concerned when he last, then next to last, then last. It did not look like he was kicking in. Then he swung him wide in the stretch and he started rolling.”
Jeremy Rose (winning jockey, Ben’s Cat) – “We didn’t get out there very good and I had to overcome a few things. But with the scratches it didn’t hurt us too much, and that’s what a good horse does. The main thing was that we finished where we wanted to . He was ready.”
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