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Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Catalano began working at the racetrack for Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg. After a 9 year riding career, Catalano began training horses and has had great success with numerous graded stakes winners such as Dreaming of Anna, She Be Wild and Stephanie’s Kitten.
Gary & Mary West
Gary and Mary West purchased their first horses in 1980 and have seen their stable expand to a current number of over 54 in training and more than 18 mares at Dell Ridge Farm in Kentucky. In 1993 their Rockumondo upset the Arkansas Derby at huge odds. Eventual millionaire Dollar Bill competed in all three legs of the Triple Crown in 2012 with his best finish a 4th place effort in the Preakness. In 2002 Buddha won the G-1 Wood Memorial and was the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby before an injury sent him to retirement prior to race day. Other top horses include Power Broker, Casino Host, Flashy Gal and Mass Media. Their stable has been managed by long time assoiciate and bloodstock advisor Ben Glass jr. Gary began in hospital administration before building one of the largets telecommunications companies in the world. Gary and Mary West Foundation is their philanthropy which was created to change the way health care is delivered.
Room Service is by Grade 1 hero More Than Ready, who has made a name for himself in Australia by siring back-to-back juvenile champions in 2008-09 as well as that country’s 2012 champion middle distance horse.
More Than Ready’s most prominent stateside runner is last year’s Wood Memorial and Haskell Invitational hero Verrazano, who is postponing taking up stud duty in 2014 to take up residence in trainer Aidan O’Brien’s barn in Ireland.
Other of the stallion’s offspring to compete in the United States are Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint victor Regally Ready, who is a Grade 1 winner in Canada; Grade 1 vixen Buster’s Ready; and the 2010 winners of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and Juvenile Fillies Turf -- Pluck and More Than Real, respectively.
The dark bay stallion first found success on track, taking the King’s Bishop and finishing second in the Blue Grass and Vosburgh, all Grade 1s, in 2000.
More Than Ready also finished fourth in that year’s Kentucky Derby and Haskell Invitational, as well as fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Room Service is out of the Old Trieste mare Dream Lady, who placed twice in Grade 3s while boasting a stakes win on her resume.
Dream Lady hit pay dirt with her first registered foal, Grade 3 winner Major Gain, who is a full brother to Room Service, and is also responsible for Grade 2 runner-up and stakes victress Oscar Party.
Dream Lady counts as a half-sister stakes diva Zeta, who would go on to foal Argentinean Group 1 winner Zapata.
Room Service’s third dam is Grade 3 heroine London Lil, who produced fellow Grade 3 vixen Lilly Capote. The latter filly is responsible for last year’s Humana Distaff star Aubby K as well as Grade 2-placed full brothers Flying Pegasus and Mythical Pegasus.
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