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Trainer Wayne Catalano Earns Victory No. 2,500
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 17, 2014) – Trainer Wayne Catalano notched the 2,500th victory of his career when Susan Mouton’s Fine Assay won the 10th race on Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse.
Catalano, an 11-time Arlington training champion, was joined in the winner’s circle by his son-in-law Channing Hill, who rode the milestone winner; friends and Arlington officials who presented the conditioner with a bowl from Tiffany & Co. to mark the occasion.
Earlier in the day, Catalano picked up win number 2,499 when Gary and Mary West’s Treasury Bill won an allowance race at Churchill Downs.
“It’s a great feeling to do it at home here at Arlington,” Catalano said. “I started out here in 1983. I ran my first horse here and to win my 2,500th here is a great feeling. The (horse who won) at Churchill had a big shot and this one was 4-to-5, so we hoped he would get it done. It was great to have Channing aboard. It was a family affair.”
The 57-year-old native of New Orleans, Catalano is second-leading trainer in wins at Arlington with 982 victories trailing only the now-retired Richard Hazelton’s 1,181 tallies.