Catlaunch and trainer Ivan Vazquez.

Catlaunch and trainer Ivan Vazquez.

Courtesy River Downs

OH-Bred Catlaunch, a 40-Time Winner, Retired

The gelding won 22 stakes, all restricted events, at three tracks in Ohio.

Catlaunch, an Ohio-bred gelding who won a remarkable 40 races and earned more than $1.1 million, has been retired, his owner said Nov. 4.

The multiple Ohio horse of the year was bred and is owned by Ron Fields of Scioto Farm Supply and was trained by Ivan Vazquez. Thirteen-year-old Catlaunch won 22 stakes in his career before he was eased in his most recent start, the Sept. 8 Governor's Buckeye Cup at ThistleDown Racino, formerly known as Thistledown.

Catlaunch, by Noble Cat out of the Relaunch mare Skilaunch, broke his maiden in October 2003 at age 2 for Vazquez. He made another 107 starts and won at distances ranging from six furlongs to 1 1/4 miles.

He also finished second 22 times and third 15 times in his career and was a fan favorite at Thistledown, River Downs, and Beulah Park.

Fields said he wants Catlaunch to "go out as a stakes horse." The gelding's last victory came in the Gendelman Memorial Stakes during the River Downs-at-Beulah Park meet in June.

Fields, who hopes to find a retirement home for Catlaunch, reportedly has been in contact with Old Friends in Kentucky.