New Orleans
Louisiana USA

Currently Residing:
Illinois USA

His wife is Renee and daughter Shelbi.

At his early age, he was advises by his uncle to become a jockey. Catalano hooked up with the Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg at Fair Grounds and gradually learned the game right from the initial stage. As he grew old, he began exercising horses for Van Berg and then rode competitiv ely posting a victory on may 20, 1974 at the historic Churchill Downs Racetracks . He holds the honor of becoming North Americaâ s second-lea ding rider by wins in 1977. He has won more than one thousand seven hundred and ninety two races during a nine-year riding career. Though his riding career was over, he stayed involved with Van Bergâs barn to gather knowledge about horse training. He has posted several wins Arlington in the past eight years and has set an Arlington record with 74 wins in 2007 and ranks fourth in all time victories at Arlington with 623. Catalano has a number of victories in the Breedersâ Cup races too. In 2007, he has gathered 120 races from 371 starts.

Year Races Run Wins Place Show Earnings
2006 363 118 73 47 $3,196,026
2005 362 131 56 57 $2,162,489

Ranked as North America's second-leading rider by wins in 1977, Wayne Catalano won 1,792 races during a nine-year riding career before chronic knee injuries forced his retirement in 1983.