06/22/2006 11:00PM

Jolin already has surpassed 2005 win total


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Chris Jolin, 41, a native of Montreal, has been working at Fort Erie for the last five years. This is his second year as a licensed trainer.

Last year, Jolin notched two wins and had five other finishes in the money. This year, he's doing better.

On Tuesday, with Mont Devil, he picked up his third win of the meet.

A week earlier, his filly Misty Parade ($13) shipped to Woodbine and won a $20,000 claimer restricted to 3-year-olds. The filly had her maiden win at the Fort on May 21 at the $10,000 level.

"I have three horses of my own and just one owner," said Jolin. "And I'm happy to stay that way. I take my time, and I'm loving it. There's no stress."

Jolin has seven or eight horses in his barn at a time, and plays the claiming game. After losing Heavenly Flash on June 17, he replaced that runner by claiming Straight Exchange on Tuesday.

"That's just enough to keep me busy," he said.

Jolin's first employer at a racetrack was the late trainer Frank Merrill Jr. After working for Merrill, Jolin took a job with trainer Conrad Belaire.

"I worked for trainer Conrad Belaire for 17 years," said Jolin. "He was like a father to me. I managed his farm, his stable. I've done it all for him. We had stallions and broodmares."

Hollett gets winner at Woodbine

Richard Hollett, 33, is another trainer of interest who is in his second year at the Fort.

Hollett hails from Manitoba. He came east when he was 18 and went to work as an exercise rider at Woodbine. At the same time he rode Quarter Horses at nearby Picov Downs in Ajax for 12 years.

Five years ago, Hollett took out his trainer's license and applied for stalls at Woodbine and Fort Erie, but he wasn't able to assemble the right clients or enough horses.

So, it was off to Winnipeg for two years where he launched his training career. The goal for him was to come back east.

Hollett did well here last year, winning 5 races from 19 starters. He shipped four times to Woodbine and returned from there with a win and a second.

This year, Hollett is having a late start. His barn was hit by a virus and he gave his runners a month off. He is winless in two starts at Fort Erie, but on June 17 he shipped the filly Swiftnsassy to Woodbine and she responded with a sensational 7 1/2-length score in a $60,000 maiden special weight.

Hollett prepared the filly at Tampa Bay. On Sunday, at the Fort, he will saddle Picador Kat in the third race. On Monday, he has Sizzle Sizzle running in the second race.

Daryl Wells Sr. Memorial draws 11 nominations

Eleven runners have been nominated to the July 2 Daryl Wells Sr. Memorial Stakes. The headliners for the scheduled 1 1/16-mile race are Le Cinquieme Essai, Alleged Ruler, and Lenny the Lender.

The $75,000 stakes is a supporting feature for Fort Erie's second-richest race, the $250,000 Bison City Stakes.

Eleven runners are nominated to the Bison City, the second jewel of the Canadian filly triple tiara, including the first five finishers in the first leg, the Woodbine Oaks.