07/11/2009 11:00PM

Catlaunch repeats in George Lewis

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Catlaunch won the $50,000, nlne-furlong George Lewis Memorial Handicap for the second straight year at Thistledown on Sunday. He raced on near even terms for the lead with Pyrite Personal until the top of the stretch, then asserted his authority to draw off to a two-length win. Cold Trial rallied steadlly to be second, a neck better than Pyrite Personal.

Catlaunch is owned by his breeder, Scioto Farm, is trained by Ivan Vasquez and was ridden by Hector Rosario Jr. He got the distance in 1:53.34 over the sloppyacing strip and returned a $3 win mutuel as the public's choice.