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Ben’s Cat, Mountain Dew Elected to Maryland Thoroughbred HOF

Maryland, (Qnnflash) – Legendary 26-time stakes winner and beloved fan favorite, Ben’s Cat, along with star foxhunter Mountain Dew, have been selected as the latest inductees into the Maryland-Bred Thoroughbred Hall of Fame. The decision was made by a committee of Maryland racing industry members, organized by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and Maryland Racing Media Association.

Ben’s Cat, a son of Parker’s Storm Cat, faced a delayed debut in racing due to a pelvis injury at a young age. Despite this setback, he went on to achieve remarkable success, winning his first two career starts in claiming company and a total of eight consecutive races. Owned, bred, and trained by King T. Leatherbury, Ben’s Cat secured several black-type victories, including six wins out of eight starts in the Maryland-bred Mister Diz S., five wins in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint, and three wins in the Maryland Million Turf Sprint H. He also claimed graded-stakes wins each year from 2011 to 2014, all in turf sprints at Parx Racing. In recognition of his outstanding career, Ben’s Cat was honored with the Secretariat Vox Populi Award in 2017, a prestigious award chosen by voters from across the globe.

Mountain Dew, owned by Janon Fisher, Jr., was initially renowned as a star foxhunter before transitioning to timber racing in the early 1960s. This remarkable horse won the prestigious Maryland Hunt Cup three times, with Janon Fisher III as his rider, and finished as the runner-up three times as well. An extraordinary incident during the 1968 Hunt Cup demonstrated his remarkable determination and resilience when he continued to jump fences despite being injured. In his timber racing career, Mountain Dew competed in 24 sanctioned races and never fell, showcasing his remarkable agility and skill. Although he suffered an injury during a flat race as a 3-year-old, his successes in timber racing solidified his legacy as a true champion.

The induction ceremony for this year’s honorees will take place during a celebration at Timonium Race Course on Saturday, September 2nd. The event will not only recognize the remarkable achievements of these two exceptional Maryland-bred horses but also pay tribute to the enduring horsemen and the diverse nature of Maryland’s racing heritage. Cricket Goodall, the executive director of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association, expressed pride in celebrating these exceptional individuals, who exemplify the perseverance and longevity that Maryland’s horse racing community is known for.

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