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 North American purse earner; Gun Runner, expected to be named 2017 Horse of the Year during next month's Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park; Lady Eli, who overcame laminitis to add to her multiple Grade 1 stakes-winning resume; one-eyed Patch and Songbird. Ben's Cat is the eighth Vox Populi winner, following Zenyatta (2010), Rapid Redux (2011), Paynter (2012), Mucho Macho Man (2013), American Pharoah (2015) and California Chrome (2014, 2016). He will be formally presented with the award in a ceremony Jan. 20 at Santa Anita. Ben's Cat had his ashes buried at Laurel Park on Nov. 11.