Brandon Kintzler

Digest (Dec. 21): Ben's Cat wins national horse racing award for popularity

Digest (Dec. 21): Ben's Cat wins national horse racing award for popularity

Ben's Cat, an 11-year-old gelding who died in July because of complications from colic surgery, was named the winner of the Vox Populi Award, an honor created in 2010 by Penny Chenery, the late owner of Hall of Famer Secretariat, to "recognize the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport in the past year." Ben's Cat, trained by King Leatherbury, won 32 races, including 26 stakes and earned more than $2.6 million in 63 starts. Vox Populi is Latin for "Voice of the People." Racing fans chose Ben's Cat in online voting over fellow candidates Arrogate, the all-time...

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