03/13/2009 12:00AM

Catalano rebuilding after split with Calabrese


STICKNEY, Ill. - Wayne Catalano is back in town - or, at least a few horses that he trains are. Catalano-trained horses were entered in two Hawthorne races Sunday, his first two starters of the new racing season in Chicago.

Catalano, himself, remains at Gulfstream Park, still assembling a stable after parting ways with major owner Frank Calabrese this winter. The Catalano-Calabrese partnership has come and gone several times through the years, but Catalano once again has no Calabrese horses and has spent the last several weeks putting his operation together from square one.

"You don't want to hustle too hard, though," Catalano said Friday.

Catalano said he has 22 horses right now for a handful of clients. He has eight stalls at Keeneland and will send a small division there; the others will wind up at Hawthorne as this meet moves into spring. Catalano said he expects to have 35 stalls at Arlington, where he has been the perennial leading trainer during his years with Calabrese.

"We're building things back up," Catalano said. "Everything's gone all right. We're still waiting to get to our spot. We just want to give things a chance to develop."

Domenosky's win streak ends

Breaking news out of Hawthorne on Thursday: trainer Tammy Domenosky lost a race.

Domenosky, a 26-year-old native of rural Wisconsin, had won with her first three starters of the new Hawthorne meet, among the victories an overnight stakes score last weekend with Mongoose Gold, who had been claimed for $25,000 last fall. On Thursday, the Domenoksy-trained Out of Service was favored in race 7 but faded late after taking a lead into the stretch. Can't win 'em all, right?

Domenosky said she's been working at the racetrack for only about five years. She had traveled to Arizona with the idea of attending the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry program, but instead wound up working as a groom at the tiny Rillito racetrack. After a couple weeks of grooming, Domenosky said, she decided exercise-riding was a better route to take.

"I got my gallop license and got run off with for two months, but it got better," Domenosky said Thursday from her Hawthorne barn, where she has 18 stalls for the meet.

In fact, Domenosky continues to gallop all the time: She employs only one exercise rider and gets on about half her string every morning.

"I like to stay busy," she said.

Domenosky galloped for successful trainer Justin Evans before going out on her own at Canterbury Park in 2007, and she had some degree of success from the start. Two winters ago, she shipped to Mountaineer Park. Last fall, she came to Hawthorne after the Canterbury meet and won seven races.

Domenosky said she likes Chicago and has applied for a handful of stalls at Arlington, which, eventually, she'd like to make her summer base.

If she keeps sending live horses the way she has at the beginning of this meet, Domenosky will make it to Arlington as soon as she wants.

Entires down for Sunday card

Entries at the meet might have started off well, but they have slowed considerably in recent days, to the point that Sunday's card went with only eight races.

The card starts with four six-horse fields but gets somewhat better from there, with at least eight entered in the last four races, including a 12-horse field in the featured eighth, an entry-level allowance. The short fields are nothing new for spring meets here, and entries tend to pick up considerably in early April.

Sunday's nightcap, the entry-level sprint allowance, looks highly competitive, but Catalano might have a live one here. Dot's In Style has been running long on turf at Gulfstream, but three races ago at Churchill Downs won a dirt sprint of quality comparable to Sunday's race.