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Ben's Cat, four-time Maryland Horse of the Year, euthanized

Ben's Cat, four-time Maryland Horse of the Year, euthanized

Ben’s Cat, the only four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and a Maryland-bred champion who was retired last month with more than $2 million in earnings, was euthanized Tuesday after complications arose during his recovery from a recent surgery.

The 11-year-old gelding, who raced his entire career for Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury, underwent surgery July 6 at Hagyard Equpiine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., on an epiploic foramen entrapment, an abnormal displacement of small intestine through a small hole or foramen.

“It is with great sadness that we report that Ben’s Cat was euthanized [Tuesday] afternoon due to postoperative complications following colic surgery,”...

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