05/27/2009 11:00PM

Catlaunch seeks 28th career win


Reliable old Catlaunch takes up high weight of 123 pounds and will spot his six rivals from from five to 14 pounds in the $55,000 Michael Rowland Memorial Handicap at Thistledown on Saturday.

Catlaunch, an 8-year-old gelding, has ground out a 27-12-8 record from 66 starts for earnings of $621,436. He has won 15 of his 34 starts at the six-furlong distance of the Rowland, including multiple stakes victories.

In his last race, on May 2, Catlaunch was third, beaten a length, in the six-furlong Babst Memorial at Beulah Park while racing outside for most of the trip. He should be on the lead in this race. Catlaunch is trained by Ivan Vasquez and will be ridden by Hector Rosario Jr.

The main competition is Brother Terry, a 3-year-old who will be challenging older horses for the first time in his 10-race career. Brother Terry came up from Calder last year and won the one-mile Ohio Freshman Stakes at Beulah Park after finishing unplaced in the Ohio Juvenile at Thistledown.

In his first start this year following a five-month layoff, he led every step of the way in the six-furlong H.B. Noonan Stakes at Beulah en route to a one-length win.

Brother Terry has tactical speed and should not be far behind Catlaunch early. Trainer Don Rowe has engaged the riding services of Christian Pllares. Brother Terry will carry 118.

Of the others, Acts Like a King appears to have the best chance of winning. In his lone start this year he was unplaced in the Babst. He is trained by Kris Nemann and will be ridden by Louis Stokes at 115 pounds.