Wayne Catalano

New Trainer Chichakly Has Simple Goal: ‘I Would Just Like To Race’

Amira Chichakly, a longtime assistant to recently retired trainer Gary Contessa, said she is looking forward to saddling her first starter when live racing is able to resume at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The veteran horsewoman spent 10 years working on and off with Contessa in addition to a one-year stint as an assistant […]

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Crotchett Hoping To Make Riding Debut Before Oaklawn Meet Ends

Kaylee Crotchett, an exercise rider for trainer Wayne Catalano, said Saturday morning that she hopes to make her riding debut before the Oaklawn meeting’s scheduled end on May 2. Crotchett, 21, was raised in Henryville, Ind., about 25 miles north of Churchill Downs and has been galloping horses for approximately five years. “I grew up […]

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Channing Hill Grateful For Purple Martin Mount On ‘Freaky’ Kimari

It’s been a slow Oaklawn meet for jockey Channing Hill, with top mounts like multiple Arkansas-bred stakes winner Hoonani Road losing a step and stakes-placed sprinter Manny Wah winless in two starts. Both horses are trained by Hill’s father-in-law, Wayne Catalano. But Hill scored a riding double last Saturday, highlighted by a 1 ¾-length triumph […]

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Unbeatean At Oaklawn, Arkansas-Bred Hoonani Road ‘Full Of Himself’ Ahead Of 2020 Season

Arkansas-bred star Hoonani Road is back at Oaklawn and took his first step toward a 2020 local campaign by working a half-mile in :51.80 over a fast track Friday morning for trainer Wayne Catalano and owner Jerry Caroom of Hot Springs. Hoonani Road is unbeaten in seven career starts at Oaklawn – all against state-breds […]

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Robby Albarado Ready To ‘Ease Into’ Riding Races At Kentucky Downs

Robby Albarado, who suffered a fractured wrist when he went down in a June 23 spill at Churchill Downs, will resuming riding races on Saturday’s opening-day card of the RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs. Albarado has the mount on the Wayne Catalano-trained Well Spent in the $500,000 Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies. The jockey will ride […]

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Family Tradition: Winter Sunset Could Be Third Generation Winner Of Lake George

Coffeepot Stables and Phillips Racing Partnership’s Winter Sunset will look to notch her first graded stakes win after multiple competitive efforts, heading the Grade 3, $200,000 Lake George over the inner turf on Friday at Saratoga Race Course. The Wayne Catalano-trained gray or roan daughter of Tapit could be a third generation winner of the […]

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Kentucky Oaks Runner-Up Liora Out A Few Months Following Training Injury

Liora, the 3-year-old daughter of Candy Ride who finished second in the Kentucky Oaks May 3, underwent surgery Tuesday on her right hind leg, the Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee reported. The injury to the filly’s leg occurred in a gallop this week at Churchill Downs. Dr. Larry Bramlage performed the surgery at Rood & […]

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Kentucky Oaks Notes: Liora In Blinkers For Friday Tune-Up

CHAMPAGNE ANYONE – Six Column Stables and Randy Bloch’s Champagne Anyone galloped a mile and three-eighths under Kara Lee for trainer Ian Wilkes. Winner of the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII) in her most recent start, Champagne Anyone has had three local works since that victory and is scheduled for her final Oaks work this weekend.   CHOCOLATE KISSES – Debbie Oxley’s Honeybee […]

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Royally-Bred Winter Sunset Targeting Summer’s Belmont Oaks

The Fair Grounds’ Shantel Lanerie Memorial Overnight Stakes winner Winter Sunset looked “fabulous” following her triumphant stakes debut according to trainer Wayne Catalano, who stated that the Grade I $750,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational on July 6 will be a main target for later this year. “I talked to (Owners) Mr. Bob (Cummings of Coffeepot Stables) […]

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