11/12/2011 6:14PM

Beulah Park: Catlaunch drifts out but is still best in Ruff/Kirchberg


GROVE CITY, Ohio - Catlaunch did not disappoint his backers as the 1-5 favorite in the $50,000 Ruff Kirchberg Memorial Handicap Saturday at Beulah Park.

Trained by Ivan Vazquez, the 10-year-old was kept off the blazing early pace by jockey Luis Gonzalez as 50-1 longshot Key Low set the early fractions. Entering the far turn Gonzalez shook the reins at Catlaunch and he took over, drawing clear by four lengths in upper stretch. Catlaunch drifted out through the stretch - as he has in his last several races - but held on to win by 2 1/2 lengths over a late-closing Raise the Reward. 

Beau Mec finished third, 4 1/2 lengths farther back. The running time for the 1 1/8 miles over a fast track was 1.55.73. Catlaunch returned $2.60 to win.