Wayne Catalano
Trainer Bios

Wayne Catalano

Born: July 24, 1956 in New Orleans, La.

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 70

Stakes Wins: 3

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2006 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs with Dreaming of Anna

First Stakes Win: 1986 Ruffian at Sportsman’s Park with Croupier Lady

First Graded Stakes Win: 1990 Hawthorne Budweiser Breeders’ Cup at Hawthorne with Cuzzy Bear

First Career Win: Aug. 11, 1983, at Arlington Park with Dreamin’ of You

At Keeneland

Sent out Room Service to win the 2014 Central Bank Ashland (G1) in a dead heat with Rosalind.

Won first Keeneland race during the 2000 Fall Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2011 Darley Alcibiades (G1) with Stephanie’s Kitten, who next won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2).

Maintains a training operation year-round at Keeneland.


Breeders’ Cup wins (3): 2006 Juvenile Fillies with Dreaming of Anna; 2009 Juvenile Fillies with She Be Wild; 2011 Juvenile Fillies Turf with Stephanie’s Kitten.

Trained Eclipse Award winners She Be Wild (2009) and Dreaming of Anna (2006). Both were champion 2-year-old fillies.

North American career earnings exceed $65 million with 2,813 wins through Dec. 3, 2018.

2017 earnings were $2,176,247 with 59 wins, including the Rachel Alexandra (G2), Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) and Chilukki (G2) with Farrell.   

2016 earnings were $2,185,949 with 50 wins, including the Golden Rod (G2) with Farrell and the Indiana Oaks (G2) with Family Tree.

2015 earnings were $2,867,317, and his 67 wins included the Eatontown (G3) at Monmouth with I’m Already Sexy.

2014 earnings were $4,187,762 with 100 wins, including Grade 1 victories by Room Service in the Central Bank Ashland and American Oaks.

Won his 1,000th race at Arlington Park on July 31, 2014, with Royal Alluvial.

2013 earnings were a career-high $5,642,920 with 129 wins. Won the Just a Game (G1) and Churchill Downs Turf Mile (G2) with Stephanie’s Kitten, and won Grade 3 races with Title Contender (Ohio Derby), Imposing Grace (Arlington Matron), Solitary Ranger (Arlington-Washington Futurity) and I’m Already Sexy (Pucker Up).

11-time leading trainer at Arlington Park (2000, 2002-2003, 2005-2010, 2012-2013). Broke his own record from 2007 for number of victories during the 2010 meet, with 75. Set an earnings record of $2,060,909 in 2013.

Won 2,000th race on Feb. 24, 2010, at Hawthorne with Dunscombe in the third race.


Wayne grew up in the Ninth Ward in New Orleans and was 15 when an uncle, Jack Links, introduced him to Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg. Wayne “learned the game from the ground up,” he said of his experience cleaning stalls and tack, hot-walking and grooming.

Another groom in the Van Berg operation was future trainer Frank Brothers. Wayne began exercising horses and became a jockey when he turned 18. He won his first race on May 20, 1974, at Churchill Downs on a horse trained by Van Berg named Hellfire. He rode until 1983, winning 1,792 races, before chronic knee problems forced him to retire. Turning to training, Wayne sent out his first starter in 1983.