15 hands, 3 inches and growing


Wayne Catalano




Hard Spun


Sea Garden

Dam Sire


Sire Line

Hard Spun, Danzig, Northern Dancer

Damsire Line

Curlin, Smart Strike



When Eclipse scouts talent at public auction, the #1 element in our criteria for selecting prospects is athleticism.  Only once the individual has passed muster on the track and on the shank at the barn do we consult with the pedigree page as a secondary resource to assess quality and perceived strengths and to determine appropriate valuation.

When it came to Hip #591 at OBS April, this brute of a colt was an outright standout in his exhibition workout and he was a man among boys when we inspected him in the flesh.

Our evaluation of him only got better when it was discovered that he was a son of Hard Spun and out of a Curlin mare.  Hard Spun is a sire Eclipse has experienced immense success with, including the multiple Stakes-winning filly who beat the boys in a Stakes at Santa Anita, She’s So Special, in addition to our Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint hero, Aloha West, who now stands at stud at historic Mill Ridge Farm in Kentucky.  Curlin, of course, is the sire of our incredible fillies, Curalina, Point of Honor and the Champion Queen, Nest.

Now named BUILT, this son of the Danzig sire, Hard Spun, looks eerily similar from a physical perspective to Aloha West and he is an exciting colt who will be trained in the Mid-West by none other than Aloha West’s conditioner, Wayne “Cat Man” Catalano.  Already in Cat Man’s program at Keeneland, Built will look to get rolling in the bluegrass in coming months and we’d be all to happy to take his talents on the road if and when the time is warranted.

***To access Aron Wellman & Sean Tugel’s in-depth overview and analysis of BUILT, click on this link:



Built’s workout was a true display of pure power.  He slammed home an 1/8-mile in sub 10 seconds, punching the clock in 9 4/5, bowled through a 1/4-mile in 21 on the button  and he put an exclamation point on the breeze with a double-out gallop-out time of 3-furlongs in 33 1/5.

This was an elite workout in all respects and we’re not even sure Built was really getting a good hold of the synthetic surface at OBS, as he strikes us as a colt who will be at his best on conventional dirt.

To check out Built’s breeze on the track:



As we stated above, Built reminded us a lot of our Breeders’ Cup Champ, Aloha West.  He is a muscled individual with strength in all the right spots.  Balance and power would be his main physical traits, but equal to his physique would be his confidence and swagger.  He’s got the goods and he knows it.

To see Built strutting his stuff on the shank:



There are certain patterns that are dominant and continuously produce Black Type runners. One such cross that has shown this dominance is to mate Danzig over Smart Strike. This cross has been responsible for multiple Grade 1 winners and when you see these same patterns becoming dominant in sons or daughters of these stallions—then it’s time to jump on board!

Curlin will be one of the most influential sires of his generation and his daughters are of an age now that their influence is being felt. This is true when we see his daughters already having multiple Graded Stakes success when bred to Danzig sireline stallions.

Combining a strong mating with a deep Graded Stakes-winning female family is a recipe for success. Eugene Melnyk spent decades cultivating rich Graded Stakes-winning families and when he dispersed his stock, the breeding public was able to get their hands on these prized bloodlines. Marley Vale, the Grade 1 victress of the historic Test Stakes at Saratoga was one of the Melnyk foundation mares. Plus, you will not find any better foundation to a stacking of broodmare sires with Curlin, Storm Cat and Forty Niner as your first three generations.

Marley Vale is the dam of the leading race filly, Indian Vale, who produced none other than Montauk (below).  Although never able to prove it beyond his TDN “Rising Star” debut win at Belmont Park, Montauk is considered to be the single most naturally gifted horse Eclipse Pres. Aron Wellman has ever been associated with and he was acquired at this same OBS April Sale as Built.


There is quality oozing from this colt’s pedigree with immense Blue Sky possibilities being the first foal out of his dam. He flashed the speed that the Danzig sireline is so well known for, but has the foundation of bloodlines to have Classic aspirations.

To see Built’s Pedigree page, click on the link below:



Wayne Catalano’s career in racing began at the urging of one of his uncles. As a teenager his uncle took notice of his diminutive size and suggested that he go to the race track to become a jockey. So Wayne took his advice and went to Fair Grounds where he made the acquaintance of hall of fame trainer Jack Van Berg, and the rest is history.

Wayne began exercising horses for Van Berg and then started riding competitively, scoring his first victory on May 20, 1974, at Churchill Downs on a horse named Hellfire. Wayne ranked as North America’s second-leading rider by wins in 1977 and enjoyed a streak of 41 consecutive riding days with at least one win. In all, Wayne won 1,792 races during a nine-year riding career before chronic knee injuries forced him into retirement as a jockey in 1983.

Upon leaving the saddle for good, Wayne continued his love affair with the game by entering the realm of training Thoroughbreds and he has become one of the nation’s top trainers. Based in Chicago, Wayne won his ninth Arlington Park training title in the past 11 years in 2010; having won the title previously in 2000, ’02, ’03, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08, and ’09. His win streak was stopped in 2011 when he finished third in the standings. Wayne has also won training titles at Sportsman’s Park in 1988 and 1989 and Hawthorne in 1987 and 1989.

His first major stakes success came with the Darrell and Evelyn Yates-owned Crypto Star, who captured the 1997 Louisiana Derby and Arkansas Derby en route to a fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Crypto Star’s victory in the Louisiana Derby in front of Catalano’s “home crowd” is still one of the top highlights of his career. He won three Breeders’ Cup races during the late 2000s and early 2010s, with Dreaming of Anna (2006 Juvenile Fillies), She Be Wild (2009 Juvenile Fillies), and Stephanie’s Kitten (2011 Juvenile Fillies Turf ). Stabled year-round in Chicago, Wayne also has horses in training in Kentucky and Florida during the winter months.

In 2021, Catalano won his first Breeders’ Cup race in 10 years and his fourth overall when his improving 4-year-old Aloha West, owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, rallied for a nose win over Dr. Schivel in the Qatar Racing Sprint.


The total 100% valuation for Built is $340,000.  We will continue to honor 3% increments with preference granted to larger commitments. You can see the chart below for pricing details


To ask questions or to make a commitment, please feel free to reach out to any of the following Eclipse team members:

Aron Wellman at or at (310) 968-9559
Jack Sadler at or at (803) 920-9005
Sean Tugel at or at (859) 940-0456

Valuation and Costs

Ownership % Total Value Q1 Estimated Expenses Total Payment
3% $10,200 $600 $10,800
6% $20,400 $1,200 $21,600
9% $30,600 $1,800 $32,400
12% $40,800 $2,400 $43,200
15% $51,000 $3,000 $54,000
18% $61,200 $3,600 $64,800
21% $71,400 $4,200 $75,600
24% $81,600 $4,800 $86,400