Ben’s Cat wins 4th Straight Mister Diz Stakes, #20 of his career; Sunday (Day 4) Selections at Pimlico

April 07, 2013 | Gary Quill

BALTIMORE, 04-06-13— 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 T. Leatherbury barn carried Julian Pimentel to an easy 1-3/4 length victory over the firm turf at Pimlico Race Course. “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. The Parker’s Storm Cat 7-year old completed the five-furlong distance in 57.74 and paid $2.80. Night Officer rallied up the rail to take second and Disco Elvis finished third.

Photo courtesy Jim McCue, MJC

Ben’s Cat is now 20-of-30 lifetime with 15 stakes victories. The win pushed his career earnings to $1,402,290.

Somehow those who vote for racings Hall of Fame have failed to realize “The King’s” accomplishments. Maybe if they took a peek at the record books and saw that he is currently fourth all-time with 6,375 victories, King would be inducted sooner than later. The success of Ben’s Cat has helped revitalize the 80-year-olds career, as King is once again winning at a high percentage.

He brought me back to life,” said Leatherbury, who has 18 victories this year, just seven fewer than all of 2012. “They were about ready to plant me but we have come back to life by investing some of his earnings into the claiming game.”

Leatherbury indicated he expects Ben’s Cat to run in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint on Black-Eyed Susan day, May 17th.

The racing term of the day is #97…  “Extended”

Recapping Pimlico’s Saturday 10-race card posted had 6 winners (3 Top Selections in BOLD type) having $2 WIN pay-offs of $3.60 (1st race), $6.40 (2nd), $12.40 (4th), $5.40(6th), $2.80 (7th) and $8.20 (8th).

The BEST BET of the Day (3 1-0-1) Mabroom (R2 #1 9-5 PT; 4-1 M/L) certainly caught the eye of the betting public as the 4-year-old colt not only went off the 9-5 favorite, but was claimed by King T. Leatherbury. Unfortunately for all who back him he ran a very uninspiring 4th. Being witness to the race, the comment line I’d give him would be “Evenly”, which happend to be the racing term of the day.

The LONGSHOT PICK (3 1-0-0) One More Cat (R8 #5 9-1 PT; 8-1 M/L) had what appeared to be a beautiful stalking trip, pounced on the weakening leaders at the head of the stretch, briefly taking the lead, but struggled in the final furlong and got beat a neck for 3rd, 2 1/2 back from the winner.

SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $20 on Bet the Cat  (R3 #6; 4-1 PT, 5-1 M/L) never engaged any of his rivals and something may have been amiss, as his jock threw in the towel before the 5/8th pole as he finished last. So in 3 days in we’ve burned through $40, but with $60 left we’ll start over on Day 4.

Selections for the Day 4 Pimlico Sunday, April 7th card are Page 2.