BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Four-time Maryland Horse of the Year Ben’s Cat was euthanized Tuesday due to complications that arose during his recovery after undergoing colic surgery on July 6.

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The Paulick Report says the surgery was to repair an epiploic foramen entrapment, surgery to repair a problem in the horse’s stomach.

“It is with great sadness that we report that Ben’s Cat was euthanized this afternoon due to post-operative complications following colic surgery,” said Dr. Rana Bozorgmanesh, an internal medicine specialist at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute who was overseeing his care.

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Ben’s Cat won 26 stakes victories in 63 lifetime starts with earnings of $2,634,782.

Ben’s Cat retired in June of 2017 to Bayne and Chris Welker’s Spring Ridge Farm in Versailles, Ky.

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