12/17/2001 1:00AM

Migliore reunites with Mollica


JAMAICA, N.Y. - Jockey Richard Migliore, a longtime leading rider on the New York circuit, hired Drew Mollica as his agent, effective Jan. 1.

Migliore, who has been represented by Mike Sellito for the past 4 1/2 years, said one of the reasons behind the change came as a result of the time Sellito was spending at his Florida home.

Migliore spent the last three winters riding at Gulfstream Park, but decided to stay at Aqueduct this winter so he could be with his wife and four children.

"Mike and I weren't on the same page and I needed to make a change," Migliore, a winner of nine Aqueduct riding titles, said Sunday. "I certainly understand Mike wanting to be with his family down there. My focus is geared to spending time with my family at home."

Migliore and Mollica were a team briefly 14 years ago before Mollica began handling Angel Cordero Jr.'s book.

Mollica has handled the book of Aaron Gryder, the leading rider at Aqueduct's inner track meet for the past three years, since Gryder relocated from California 4 1/2 years ago.

"I'm appreciative of the opportunity Richard has given me and I'm appreciative of the great years with Aaron," Mollica sad. "Aaron is truly an American success story. To know Aaron Gryder is to like him."

Gryder said he only found out the news on Sunday and didn't want to rush out and get a new agent without giving the decision some thought.

"I'm going to ride at Hollywood Park on Monday and will be back Tuesday," Gryder said Sunday. "I'll bide my time; I don't want to make a quick decision. I'll look at all my options."

Another Arroyo involved in spill

Apprentice Nelson Arroyo was taken to North Shore University Hospital after a spill in Sunday's fourth race at Aqueduct. Arroyo was not seriously injured and was later released from the hospital.

Arroyo was riding Freedom Onthe Wind when his mount clipped heels with Dr. Chinnici near the three-eighths pole. Freedom Onthe Wind stumbled and dumped Arroyo. There was a stewards' inquiry into the incident, but no action was taken.

Arroyo's older brother, Norberto Arroyo Jr., is recovering from a scary-looking spill he was involved in on Dec. 8 at Aqueduct. Arroyo didn't suffer any broken bones, but was banged up when he was struck by two horses, according to agent Max Hall, who represents the Arroyo brothers.

"He's bruised all over and is body sore," Hall said Monday.

Hall had hoped the elder Arroyo would return to the saddle on Wednesday, but said his rider, who has a doctor's appointment on Tuesday, will wait until Dec. 26 to resume riding.

Davis accepts suspension

Jockey Robbie Davis was suspended 10 days by the Aqueduct stewards for careless riding during the running of the ninth race last Thursday. Davis, who rode No White Flags to a sixth-place finish, was part of a traffic jam going into the first turn that resulted in apprentice Lorenzo Lezcano falling from his mount. Lezcano was not injured.

Davis waived his right to appeal, so his suspension was dropped to seven days, which he began serving on Monday. Davis is permitted to ride in Saturday's Grade 3 Ladies Handicap, and if he does his suspension will run through Dec. 24, not Dec. 23.