Wayne Catalano

Wayne Catalano

Anne M. Eberhardt

Catalano Earns 10th Title at Arlington Park

Wayne Catalano, Francisco Torres, and Richard and Karen Papiese are top performers.

The 90-day meeting at Arlington Park ended Sept. 30 with trainer Wayne Catalano earning his 10th Arlington crown while jockey Francisco Torres and owners Richard and Karen Papiese's Midwest Thoroughbreds each claimed their first Arlington title.

One month into Arlington's 2012 session, the Chicago oval's normally prolific Catalano had only registered four wins at the meeting, but by the end of July he had assumed his traditional position atop the standings. By the time the curtain fell Sept. 30, "Cat" had won 63 races, nearly double the victories of his closest pursuer, Chris Block (38 wins).

Block was top trainer in purses earned with $1,921,998 topped by victories with Leading Astray in the grade III Pucker Up Stakes Sept. 15 and Ioya Bigtime in the grade III Stars and Stripes on Million Preview Day.

Midwest Thoroughbreds adds Arlington Park to the long list of racetracks where the operation has taken home a title.

The top owners by races won with 418 victories as well as in money earned with more than $6.3 million in purse earning, the Papieses have already surpassed those figures in 2012 with 436 wins and more than $8 million in purses.

With 26 victories from 125 starts, Midwest Thoroughbreds outpaced last year's leading owner William Stiritz, who had 18 victories at Arlington in 2012.

Despite the fact Francisco Torres was atop the jockey standings for nearly the entire meet, it wasn't until the final week that he was able to put away last year's champion James Graham with the final count being 100-90. Torres also led all riders in purses earned with $3,090,654.