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Birth Date: March 26, 1933
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland
2012 SEASON: tied for 17th place in the local standings with 17 victories…star runner Ben’s Cat won five stakes races including his third consecutive Maryland Million Turf Sprint, which gave the trainer his 10th Maryland Million score, one more than Dale Capuano for the top spot among trainers… with a repeat score in the Turf Monster Handicap (G3) at Parx Racing, the son of Parker’s Storm Cat became Leatherbury’s first millionaire…through 2012 had 6,357 wins (third on the all-time list).
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: became the third trainer in history to win 6,000 races when Cherokee Sunrise won at Timonium on August 23, 2003…Dale Baird and Jack Van Berg are the only other conditioners with more career wins…The Maryland Jockey Club honored him with a “Toast And Roast” on September 6, 2003 at Pimlico…Leatherbury has 52 Maryland training titles at Pimlico and Laurel Park on his resume…from 1981 to 1996 won or shared 24 of 28 meets at Laurel Park…from 1974 to 1997 won or shared 26 of 35 meets at Old Hilltop…in his heyday, Leatherbury was one of the “Big Four” of Maryland racing -- Leatherbury, Bud Delp, Dick Dutrow and John Tammaro--men who dominated the mid-Atlantic circuits during the 1970’s…in the mid 1970’s, the King had four consecutive 300-win campaigns and was the nation’s leading conditioner in 1977 and 1978…finished in the top three for six straight years (1975-1980)…has won five races in one day four times, six races in a day once…has saddled four Preakness starters: Indigo Star (fifth-1978), Thirty Eight Paces (fourth-1981) and I Am The Game (fourth-1985) and Malibu Moonshine (eighth-2005)…Catatonic won the Hempstead (G1) at Belmont Park in 1987...Ah Day won six stakes races in 2006, including the Tesio, finished in the money in three graded races the next year and won the Toboggan Stakes (G3) in 2009…conditioned Taking Risks to five stakes wins in 1994, including the Iselin Handicap (G1) at Monmouth, three graded races in Maryland (William Donald Schaefer, Baltimore Breeders’ Cup & Jennings Handicap) and the Maryland Million Classic…won the John B. Campbell Handicap (G3) with multiple stakes winner Ameri Valay in 1994 and won a pair of Laurel Turf Cups (G3) with Learned Jake (1991) & Dynamic Trick (2000)…Ben’s Cat won eight-of-nine races as a 4-year-old in 2010, including three turf stakes races at Laurel Park (Mister Diz, Maryland Million Turf and Find Handicap)…first victory was with Mister L in 1959 at Sunshine Park…celebrated his 5,000th career victory on May 21, 1993.
PERSONAL: he and his wife Linda have twin sons….received a lifetime achievement award by the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and is a member of the Anne Arundel County Hall of Fame.