October has been a good month for trainers Joe Catanese and Henry Collazo, at the Gulfstream Park West meet and in the American League playoffs.
Through Friday both have three wins and are among eleven trainers tied for third place in the standings at the GP West meet, which is run at Calder in Miami Gardens.
In the winner's circle and elsewhere at Calder and at Gulfstream Park, you will usually find Collazo or Catanese wearing a New York Yankees hat. Both have lived in the New York City area, and are avid Yankee fans.
You can assume that both are watching tonight when the Yankees, ahead 3-2 in the ALCS, play the Astros in Houston.
Collazo says he experienced some nostalgia, as well as excitement, on the night of Wednesday Oct. 11, when the Yankees beat Cleveland, 5-2, in the decisive fifth game of their AL Division Series.
He was driving back to South Florida, after spending the day in Ocala at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's yearlings sale.
"I listened to the game on ESPN radio," Collazo said. "It was fun, and reminded me of when we didn't have every game on TV."
Through Friday, Collazo has sent out 14 starters durng the first 14 days of the GP West meet. He has three wins, two second place finishes and four third place finishes.
He led trainers in wins at the 2005-2006 Tropical at Calder meet.
Catanese also has had 14 starters. He has three wins, three second place finishes and three third place finishes.
In Friday's fourth race, it was a Catanese-trained exacta with Di Maestro beating Another Softball. The two horses have different owners.
Antonio Sano leads GP West trainers with five wins and Mark Casse is second with four wins.