Ben’s Cat, the four-time Maryland Horse of the Year recipient, underwent colic surgery in order to fix an epiploic foramen entrapment. Dr. True Baker performed the surgery at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky. Ben’s Cat is now recovering under the watchful eye of Dr. Rana Bozorgmanesh at the McGee Medicine Center.
“In the short time Ben’s Cat has been in Kentucky, he has endeared himself to all that have been around him and cared for him,” said Spring Ridge Farm’s Christina Welker. Spring Ridge Farm is located close to Versailles, Kentucky. “His intelligence and demeanor are a true testament of his class as a racehorse.”
“I can assure all his loyal fans that every effort will be made to see him through to a full recovery and we are fortunate to have such skilled and high levels of equine medical care in our area.”
Spring Ridge welcomed Ben’s Cat to their facility on June 29 following the announcement of his retirement by Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury two days prior. The nine-year-old son of Parker’s Storm Cat raced 63 times during his career, compiling a respectable record of 32-9-7 and he earned $2,643,782. Of the 32 wins, Ben’s Cat won 26 stakes races.
From the Thirty Eight Paces mare Twofox, Ben’s Cat is the only horse to have won the Maryland Horse of the Year award four times. He earned the award every year from 2011 to 2014.