One Down, One To Go For Catalano

October 8, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky.— For “Cat Man,” Saturday morning was filled with high-fives and fist bumps.

Throw in a radio interview for trainer Wayne Catalano, who Friday afternoon sent out Manny Wah to spring a 17-1 upset in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2).

Owned by Susan Moulton, Manny Wah rallied from last to post a neck victory and earn a fees-paid berth into the $2 million Qatar Racing Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) to be run here Nov. 5.

“He looks great this morning,” Catalano said. “All we do now is keep him fresh and happy.”

Manny Wah will attempt to follow in the hoofprints of Aloha West, who gave Catalano his fourth Breeders’ Cup victory from only 15 starters when he won the Sprint last year at Del Mar. Three trainers have won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in back-to-back years but only Jenine Sahadi did it with different horses: Lit de Justice in 1996 and Elmhurst in 1997.

Catalano hopes to provide Moulton with a second Breeders’ Cup runner on Sunday when her homebred Andthewinneris runs in the $350,000 Castle & Key Bourbon (G2) for 2-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. The race is a “Win and You’re In” race for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) to be run here Nov. 4.

“He’s a good horse,” Catalano said. “I don’t like the post (12), but I expect a big race out of him. If he runs like he’s training, he’ll be in the winner’s circle.”

Keeneland Press Release

Photo: Manny Wah after his Phoenix victory (Keeneland Photo)

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