11/05/2007 12:00AM

Louis Albertrani back training for Paragallo

EmailOZONE PARK, N.Y. - Seven years after quitting as head trainer for Ernie Paragallo's Paraneck Stable, Louis Albertrani has returned to that position. He starts his first two horses for Paraneck on Wednesday at Aqueduct.

"I'm just so excited to be back," Albertrani said Monday outside Aqueduct's Barn 6. "I'm very grateful that Ernie's given me another opportunity to train for him again."

Albertrani, 50, trained for Paragallo from 1995-2000 before abruptly quitting in the fall of 2000. In 1999, the two teamed to win the Breeders' Cup Sprint with Artax, who was voted champion sprinter that year.

Albertrani wouldn't go into specifics as to why he left Paragallo the first time, but after several lean years - including a six-month stint in 2002 training for Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in Saudi Arabia - he admits it wasn't the right move.

"I made a mistake that I left," said Albertrani, the older brother of trainer Tom Albertrani.

Since 2001, Louis Albertrani has won just 10 races from 191 starters, his last winner coming on Sept. 13, 2006. He was 0 for 17 this year and had not started a horse in two months. Several of the horses Albertrani trained for Charles and Lois Hallas have been turned over to Howie Tesher.

Albertrani said he called Paragallo recently to inquire about coming back to work for him and he said Paragallo was receptive to the idea. Albertrani said he is not under contract, but will be in charge of a 45-horse string at Aqueduct.

Since Albertrani left, Paragallo has employed a number of trainers, including Richard Suttle, Jennifer Pedersen, Frank Amonte Jr. and, most recently, Alan Klanfer.

"I've been halfway around the world, no one has ever treated me any better than Ernie," Albertrani said. "He's one of the greatest people I could ever be around or train for. We click, we just go well together. For some reason we have a good friendship, and a great relationship and a good working partnership. It was always like that."

Paragallo did not return several phone messages on Monday.

Albertrani takes over at a time when things are going well for the stable, at least in the afternoon. Since Aqueduct's main track opened Oct. 24, Klanfer had 2 wins and 4 seconds from 8 starters for Paragallo.

On Monday morning, however, one of Paraneck's runners, Breath Buster, was euthanized on Aqueduct's main track after suffering a fatal injury while completing a workout.

Anthony switches to Lukas

While Albertrani and Paragallo have reunited, owner John Ed Anthony and his trainer Tom Bohannan have split for the second time.

Anthony, who races under the name Shortleaf Stable, has transferred his 12-horse stable from Bohannan to D. Wayne Lukas. Anthony and Lukas teamed for their first winner Sunday - Piper's Port in a $30,000 claiming race at Aqueduct.

Lukas has five of Anthony's horses at Belmont with the remainder based at Churchill Downs.

This is the first time that Lukas, a Hall of Famer, has trained for Anthony, who won the Preakness in 1992 and 1993 with Pine Bluff and Prairie Bayou, both trained by Bohannan. Bohannan quit Anthony in 1998 and went to work for his brother's golf construction business.

Bohannan and Anthony got back to together in the spring of 2006, but did not enjoy the success they had once achieved. In the last two years, Bohannan and Anthony combined to win 7 races from 56 starts and bank just over $300,000.

Anthony said that Bohannan decided to stop training "for personal reasons" and that he would likely go back into the construction business. Bohannan did not return phone messages left for him Monday.

"We amicably agreed that I would move the horses," Anthony said.

Anthony said he had never previously kept horses with Lukas in part because Lukas trained primarily on the West Coast and Anthony wanted his horses in the East. Lukas no longer keeps a string in California and now works the Oaklawn-Churchill-New York circuit.

Pino mulls move to New York

Mario Pino, on the verge of becoming just the 15th jockey to win 6,000 races, is considering moving his tack to New York for the winter, his agent, Bill Castle, said. Currently, Pino is based at Maryland, but also rides at Delaware Park.

"If we have enough support from the trainers, there's no doubt it would be the right move," Castle said. "We'd love the opportunity to ride for some of those guys in New York."

Pino, who has been riding for almost three decades, is enjoying his best year this year in terms of purse money won with $7.5 million. A lot of that can be attributed to his success aboard Hard Spun, whom he rode to a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic. Pino also rode the multiple-stakes-winning sprinter Diabolical.

Pino has turned down an offer to ride first call this winter at Oaklawn Park for trainer Larry Jones, saying he didn't want to be that far from his wife and three children, who reside in Maryland.

Midnight Lute's rivals gearing up

Three horses who are expected to take on Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Midnight Lute in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile here on Nov. 24 stepped up their preparations the last few days.

None more so than Chatain, who won the William Livingston Stakes by a head over Mr. Umphrey Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The win was the first start for Chatain since he captured a third-level allowance race at Saratoga on Aug. 6. Foot issues had plagued the colt since late August.

Meanwhile, Daaher, the Jerome Handicap winner, worked four furlongs in 49.52 seconds over Belmont's training track Sunday.

Tasteyville, who won the Sport Page Handicap by 9 1/4 lengths with a 112 Beyer Speed Figure, worked four furlongs in 50.31 Monday morning over Belmont's training track.