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Wayne M. Catalano
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Catalano began working at the track for Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg. After a successful 9 year riding career Catalano turned his attention to training. He has trained numerous graded stakes winners including Dreaming of Anna, She be Wild, and Stephanie's Kitten.
The son of a jockey, Smith, rode in his first race at age 11. In 2005 Smith guided Giacomo to a win in the Kentucky Derby. He has won both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes and 17 Breeders' Cup races, including three Classics. He has won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey, the Mike Venezia Memorial Award, the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, and was inducted in the the Hall of Fame in 2003. Mounts include: Azeri, Zenyatta, Holy Bull, Skip Away, Thunder Gulch, and Lure.
John Fort caught the racing bug as a teeneager in South Carolina while watching Hall of Fame trainers Max Hirsh and Wood Stephens at a nearby training center. A top ranked polo player, Fort began Peachtree Stable in 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia as a racing partnership to buy, race and sell high level horses. Peachtree had their biggest win in the 2011 G -1 Kentucky Oaks with Plum Pretty.
Sacristy entered the Kentucky Oaks picture with the defection of fellow Peachtree Stable colorbearer Mamma Kimbo, but earned the right to start with a win in the Old Hat Stakes and placings in the Forward Gal and Beaumont Stakes in her last three races.
The daughter of Pulpit will try to stretch her speed out past seven furlongs for the first time in the 1 1/8-mile Oaks, something her sire did quite successfully in such events as the Blue Grass and Fountain of Youth Stakes, both Grade 2 contests, during his career. Pulpit also ran second in the Florida Derby and concluded his career with a fourth-place run in the 10-furlong Kentucky Derby.
Pulpit’s offspring have proven themselves capable of winning from 4 ½ furlongs to three miles, averaging a 7.7-furlong winning distance.
The stallion’s top progeny have excelled at routes of ground, on both turf and dirt, and include the likes of Grade 1 winners Pyro, Rutherienne, Corinthian, Purge, Stroll and fellow leading sire Tapit. Pulpit’s son Ice Box did better than his sire when taking the Florida Derby and finishing second in the Kentucky Derby in 2010.
Sacristy also gets some distance influences from her dam side. She is out of the stakes-placed Belong to Me mare Christies Treasure, who is a half-sister to stakes victor Dancingall Theway.
Sacristy’s third dam is the unraced Bold Bidder mare Bid Gal, who is most noted for producing Grade 2-scoring sire Valid Wager and dual stakes heroine Copelan’s Bid Gal. The latter was sent to Pulpit and that cross resulted in the aforementioned Purge and Grade 3-placed stakes winner Namaste’s Wish.
Other descendants of Bid Gal include Jersey Girl, queen of the Mother Goose, Test and Acorn Stakes, all Grade 1s, in 1998; and Grade 1 victor Jersey Town, who just finished second in the Sir Shackleton Stakes in late March at Gulfstream Park.
Sacristy’s female line also includes champion and 1975 Kentucky Derby hero Foolish Pleasure as well as Grade 3-winning top sire Valid Expectations.
While Sacristy’s dam line had already proven itself a good match with Pulpit when producing Purge, her dam sire line has also been successful. Belong to Me is a son of Danzig, and that one is the broodmare sire of the Pulpit colt Lydgate, who won a Grade 3 during his time on track before going on to a successful career at stud.
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