Thursday, July 31, 2014


Contact: David Zenner
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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 31, 2014) – Eleven-time Arlington training champion Wayne Catalano recorded his 1,000th victory at Arlington International Racecourse Thursday when Arapaho LLC’s Royal Alluvial scored a five-length tally in the second race.  A short time earlier, Catalano earned Arlington win No. 999 when Susan Moulton’s first-time starter Bella Ranger took the opener.
        “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, who is second to the now-retired Richard Hazelton (1,181) in Arlington’s all-time trainer standings, remains hospitalized with pneumonia. Longtime assistant Fernando Canteria accepted congratulations from members of Arlington’s management team. 
“It’s an honor to carry his name like this,” 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 (assistant trainer).”
A sign commemorating the milestone was being signed by Arlington staff and will be delivered to Catalano at Saint Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
        According to statistics from Equibase, Catalano has 2,531 winners overall.
Arlington International Racecourse – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run an 89-day meet in 2014 from Friday, May 2 through Sunday, Sept. 28. Arlington International Racecourse, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 11 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities in Arlington Heights, Aurora, Chicago, East Moline, Waukegan, Villa Park, Rockford, South Elgin, Hodgkins, McHenry and Orland Hills.  Arlington International Racecourse is a proud member of America’s Best Racing. Information on Arlington International Racecourse and Trackside OTB can be found online at, on Facebook at and, and on Twitter at @Arlington_Park for the latest happenings, @arlingtonracing for the latest racing news and @tracksideotb for all things pertaining to off-track wagering.
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