02/18/2008 12:00AM

Ferriola up for Paraneck job


Louis Albertrani is no longer the private trainer for Paraneck Stable, and one name being mentioned as his possible replacement is Pete Ferriola, a former leading trainer on the New York Racing Association circuit.

Currently, all of Paraneck's horses are being trained by Joey DeMola.

Ferriola, who led all trainers on this circuit in wins in 1987, 1991, and 1992, retired in 2001.

In a story published on the NYRA website last month, Ferriola, 66, said he would "absolutely" like to train horses again.

"I would love to work around good horses again, and believe me, if that meant moving back to New York, I would do that in a minute," Ferriola, who now lives in Springhill, Fla., said in the article.

Ferriola did not return phone calls on Monday.

"If he wants to come back I'd be interested," said Paragallo, the authorized agent for his family-owned Paraneck Stable. "He did well with stock that I wouldn't call top quality."

Paragallo said he has been contacted by other trainers, but added "I'm waiting to hear back from Pete.''

According to Daily Racing Form statistics, Ferriola won 1,129 races from 1978 through 1999. He went winless with 33 starters in 2000-01.