Saturday's $75,000 Catlaunch Stakes at JACK Thistledown featured a competitive field of eight of the Buckeye State's finest Accredited foals, 3-year-olds and up, honoring the memory of one of the best Ohio-breds to ever look through a bridle.
The Catlaunch, now in its fifth season, is a one and one-sixteenth mile test set at Thistledown on Sept. 15, with a post time of 4:20 pm, ET, for the featured seventh race.
Catlaunch was a revered, Ohio-bred son of Noble Cat-Skilaunch, by Relaunch foaled March 18, 2001. A multiple Ohio Horse of the Year, Catlaunch was bred by Ron Fields and owned by his Scioto Farm Supply company and trained by Ivan Vazquez throughout his career.
The venerable gelding broke his maiden in October 2003 as a 2-year-old and went on to win 40 of 108 starts, scoring at distances from six furlongs to 1¼ miles, including 22 stakes. He also amassed 22 second-place finishes and notched show money a total of 15 times in his career, and was a perineal fan favorite at Thistledown, as well as at the now-defunct River Downs and Beulah Park.
Catlaunch won the Babst/Palacios Memorial three times; the Ruff/Kirchberg Memorial three times; the H. M. Rowland Memorial Handicap five times and was second once (at age 11); the Sydney Gendelman Memorial four times (last time at age 12); the George Lewis Memorial three times; and the Governor's Buckeye Cup and Best of Ohio Endurance twice each. He was named 2006 Ohio-Accredited Male Horse of the Year and 2006 and 2007 Ohio Handicap Horse of the Year.
Catlaunch continued to race through his 13th year before being retired in 2014, when he was sent to live out his days at Old Friends in Georgetown, KY, after earning $1,122,309 for his connections. Sadly, earlier this Spring, the 17-year-old Catlaunch was humanely euthanized due to a chronic neurological disorder.
When he passed, Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen told the Paulick Report that “Catlaunch, with his warm personality and good looks, was a favorite among all of our volunteers and farm staff.
Mobil Solution captured the $75,000 Catlaunch Stakes on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Sept. 15 at JACK Thistledown for owner Gerald Silver.
The Buckeye-bred 3-year-old son of Mobil, out of the Seeking the Gold mare Perfect Solution was sent off at odds of 7-1 with jockey Luis Rivera in the saddle.
Mobil Solution left the gate alertly and was content to stay behind the front-stepping 34-1 Birdacious until grabbing the lead in the final turn.
Stalked by 12-1 Funnel Cake (Luis Colon) and 12-1 Rosco P. Coltrane (Christian Pilares) in the late going, Mobil Solution held off his rivals to nail down the victory. Eighththehardway (T.D. Hougton) got up to grab fourth-place money at 5-1 odds.
Mobil Solution was timed in 1:48 for the one and 1/16-mile contest for Ohio-accredited breds.
Trained by Jeff Radosevich and bred by Mapleton Thoroughbred Farm, Mobil Solution now has $208,970 in career earnings from four wins, four seconds and two thirds in 12 lifetime starts.
This triumph was Mobil Solution's third stakes victory, as he has previous won the $75,000 Horizon Stakes on Aug. 12 at Belterra Park, and the $75,000 Joshua Radosevich Memorial at Mahoning Valley last December.
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