02/24/2010 12:00AM

Catalano has winner 2,000


Wayne Catalano won the 2,000th race of his training career when Dunscombe captured the third race at Hawthorne Park on Wednesday.

Catalano, who also won more than 1,700 races during his riding career, watched his milestone winner from Gulfstream Park, where he has the main portion of his vast outfit stabled this winter.

Catalano has trained two Eclipse Award winners during his career, Dreaming of Anna and the reigning juvenile filly champion, She Be Wild. Catalano, who has a lifetime win percentage of more than 20 percent, has trained the winners of 83 stakes races, 17 of those in graded stakes. His horses have earned more than $36 million in purses.

"This means a lot to me," Catalano said after receiving a placard in the Gulfstream Park winners circle to commemorate the occasion. "For everybody involved, including all the people who work for me, I really appreciate this. I owe a special thanks to Jack Van Berg, who taught me to be a horseman, as well as all the owners who gave me the opportunity to train their horses over the years."