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Current Odds: 20-1 B. h. 5, by Dynaformer - Tempo West, by Rahy
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July 14, 2012 - AP
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Wayne Catalano was born July 24, 1956 in New Orelans, La. Wayne won 1,792 races as a jockey before chronic knee problems forced him to hang up his tack. Was the nation's secondleading rider in 1977. Served as an assistant under Hall-of-Fame conditioner Jack Van Berg for a time and began training on his own in 1983, recording his first victory that same year with Dreamin' Of You at Arlington.
Jeffrey Sanchez was born October 18, 1985 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His father, Raul Sanchez, was a jockey in Puerto Rico and his uncle, Milton Figueroa, was also a rider and has been a maintenance team member at Calder Race Course for years. Sanchez entered the Puerto Rico's jockey school at age 17, and after completion rode in races at El Comandante racetrack for three months. He won two races there before coming to Gulfstream Park in 2005.
H. Joseph Allen (born July 19, 1941, in The Bronx, New York) is an American businessman and Thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Allen is a partner with his cousin Peter M. Brant in the privately owned newsprint company, Brant-Allen Industries, Inc. He served as vice chairman and president of the company.
Vertiformer is by the recently-deceased Dynaformer, who played a major role in furthering the male line of his sire Roberto. His most memorable progeny include Barbaro, the ill-fated Kentucky Derby romper of 2006; three-time champion steeplechaser McDynamo; Australian and European champion Americain, hero of the 2010 Melbourne Cup; last year's dual European classic victress Blue Bunting; $4.7 million-earner Perfect Drift; Grade 1 turf divas Film Maker, Riskaverse and Dynaforce, the latter successful in the 2009 Beverly D.; European champion Rainbow View; and 2007 St Leger scorer Lucarno. His current flag-bearers are Brilliant Speed, Karlovy Vary, Star Billing and Point of Entry, who comes off a career best in the Man o' War Stakes.
Vertiformer is out of a half-sister to Union Rags, winner of the June 9 Belmont Stakes in what turned out to be his final start. His other highlights were runaway scores in the Saratoga Special, Champagne and Fountain of Youth.
Vertiformer's dam, Tempo West, won three races. She has produced two other useful runners, French stakes-placed War Pact and the unbeaten sophomore Declaration of War, who has been nominated to several high-profile events by trainer Aidan O'Brien. The deeper female line features Grade 2 heroine Terpsichorist and Irish champion filly *Glad Rags II.
Tempo West is by Rahy, the sire of Arlington Million rival Rahystrada as well as Serena's Song, Fantastic Light, Dreaming of Anna and a host of others. Rahy's daughters are responsible for European champion and outstanding sire Giant's Causeway, Canadian champion Rahy's Attorney, multiple Grade 1 winner Life at Ten and turf stars Megahertz, Rutherienne, After Market and Courageous Cat.
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Five-year-old started his career in France where he won two of his five starts on grass before arriving in North America when his one win from three tries came on the Arlington main track in June when making his first start for the barn of Wayne Catalano. Son of Dynaformer finished well to be fourth at this distance in the Arlington Handicap in his latest behind Rahystrada and Boisterous who will renew rivalry here. Bay is out of a half sister to this year’s Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags and can be running on late under Jeffrey Sanchez for trainer Catalano who has won with 23% of his runners this meet and who wins with 14% of his starters in stakes races.