Arlington Heights, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Long time trainer Wayne Catalano picked up his 1,000th Arlington Park victory Thursday even as he recovers from pneumonia.
An 11-time Arlington training champion, Catalano got the milestone victory with Arapaho LLC's Royal Alluvial scoring a five-length win in the second race. The trainer scored with the day's opening race, as well, when first-time starter Bella Ranger, owned by Susan Moulton, found the winner's circle.
"I've ridden a lot of winners for Wayne," said jockey E. T. Baird who rode the milestone winner. "Winning 1,000 at one track is a milestone that few trainers ever see. I want to congratulate him."
Catalano is second in all-time Arlington victories behind retired trainer Richard Hazelton's 1,181.
"It's an honor to carry his name like this," assistant trainer Fernando Canteria said. "It's a big, big name to carry on my shoulders and I'm just trying to do my best and do it the same way he does. I've known him for a long time and that's what it is. We've been very lucky on this track and been very patient. Patience here is so important. My first day with the Catalano barn was in December of 1999 and I climbed my way up with him to where I am now."
Catalano is hospitalized with pneumonia at Saint Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.