10/30/2008 11:00PM

Jose Adan sold to Godolphin

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STICKNEY, Ill. - The wins are piling up for the Wayne Catalano barn this week. He was 4 for 4 at Hawthorne on Wednesday and Thursday, with another victory at Churchill Downs, giving him five in a row.

But we're talking claiming wins here, and the overall quality of the Catalano stable has dropped considerably in recent weeks. Dreaming of Anna was retired after the First Lady Stakes at Keeneland, and her older brother Lewis Michael went off to stud following a disappointing performance in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita.

And last week, Catalano parted company with Jose Adan, the promising 2-year-old Catalano bred and owned with his wife, Renee. Jose Adan has been sold to Godolphin, Catalano said, and currently is residing in the Godolphin barn at Keeneland. But the Illinois-bred gelding is headed for the Middle East and a winter in Dubai, where he no doubt will be pointed to the UAE Derby in March.

"It wasn't easy to do, but we did it," Catalano said of the Jose Adan sale.

Jose Adan won his career debut with a tremendous late rush that got him past Illinois-bred maidens. But he showed the same kind of late burst winning an open entry-level allowance race, then went out and finished first in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity, only to be disqualified to third. That DQ is under appeal, and the Illinois Racing Board will hold a hearing concerning the matter in a Nov. 12 meeting.

Dreaming of Anna and Lewis Michael, meanwhile, regularly took Catalano into graded stakes competition the last three seasons, and as of right now, there are no obvious replacements for them in the stable.

"It's a little sad," Catalano said. "We've had both of them in our barn for a long time."

Still, Catalano is putting the finishing touches on a remarkable year, even by his standards. Of the 306 horses he has sent to post so far this year, 115 have won, a 37 percent win rate that leads the nation among trainers with more than a handful of 2008 runners, according to Equibase statistics. Catalano's four wins in two days thrust him within one victory of leading Hawthorne trainer; Catalano has nine wins so far, and that after a slow start.

"Every year it's the same thing at Hawthorne," Catalano said. "We start out, we're 1 for 8, 1 for 10 or something, and the next thing you know . . ."

Dynaman needs time to heal injury

Trainer Danny Miller had a very nice Arlington meet, and nothing was nicer about it than the run Dynaman went on, winning four turf races in a row from May through September. Miller and owner Mike Conway had purchased Dynaman last winter at Keeneland, and in 10 prior starts, the 5-year-old gelding had shown nothing like the form he exhibited over the summer.

But Dynaman's win streak ended with a tough-trip, fifth-place finish in the Carey Memorial here Sept. 27, and now Dynaman has come up with a suspensory injury that will keep him out of action for four to six months, Miller said. Dynaman still is at Hawthorne, but is scheduled to be sent to Florida for rest and healing.

"Just time off, is pretty much what it takes," Miller said.

Dynaman never showed signs of lameness; rather, Miller "saw some filling in the leg, and that wasn't him." An ultrasound revealed an injury in its early stages, and Miller hopes Dynaman can come back the same horse in 2009.

"I think he can be fine," Miller said. "He'd be back in the barn the first of April, I figure, if things go well."

Voy Por Uno Mas takes a drop

The feature here Sunday is a one-mile grass race for third-level optional $50,000 claimers. Eleven horses - including one on the also-eligible list - were entered in the race, and nine were entered under the claiming option.

But that's fine. The ninth-race feature still shapes up as decent and highly competitive, and should provide plenty of final-leg options for the late pick four.

One of the claimers is Voy Por Uno Mas, and that is a new thing for this horse. A runoff with little apparent future early in his career, Voy Por Uno Mas settled down enough last year to have some success as a front-end, two-turn turf horse, but he has gone 0 for 7 so far in 2008, which has led to the class drop Sunday. If nothing else, Voy Por Uno Mas and front-end type Wagon Road should ensure a legitimate pace, which should set things up for one of the stretch-runners. The favored one is Snapphok, who won two straight on the Arlington turf course, but also has raced effectively here in the past.