04/03/2015 3:02PM

Parisella returns to training


John Parisella couldn’t stay away.

A leading trainer on the New York Racing Association circuit in the 1980s and ’90s, Parisella retired in the summer of 2013, saddling his last horse June 16 that year. After leaving New York for the last 22 months, Parisella, 70, plans to have 15 horses based at Belmont this spring.

“Can’t get it out of my blood,” Parisella said.

During his time away, Parisella said he spent time with family and friends in Arizona, Northern California, and Florida.

“I was bored,” Parisella said. “This is my home. I don’t like any other place to live.”

Parisella said his primary clients will be Max and Saul Kupferberg, for whom he’s trained for many years. Parisella will start Rivetto in a $12,500 claimer Wednesday for the Kupferbergs. Before he retired, Parisella won six stakes with the New York-bred filly Sunny Desert for the Kupferbergs.

Back in his heyday, Parisella conditioned the stakes winners Chieftain’s Command, Kamikaze Rick, Simply Majestic, Don Rickles, and Am Capable.

In addition to the New York-breds and claimers he will have, Parisella said he will have five 2-year-olds.

Chuck Seeger More than 1 year ago
NYRA should start a stakes race named the Oscar Barrera stakes, restricted to horses who've been claimed by a trainer who holds multiple drug violations/suspensions. My guess is the race would be over-subscribed and they would have to split it.
JO More than 1 year ago
it's all needles and undetectable drugs now.
HatzOffToNixon More than 1 year ago
JP , if the past is any measure, will be good for the handle.
backstretch More than 1 year ago
Jones time machine was also trained by parisella what a runner she was
Bob More than 1 year ago
And who could forget Cheap Seats. Fortnightly too on the turf
Michael Infurna More than 1 year ago
When is Pete Ferriola coming back??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
without drugs ferriola could not win a one horse race
robert More than 1 year ago
just what NYRA needs another relic to list in the program
robert More than 1 year ago
the sport has passed by this guy a long time ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
hey im 70 and it has not passed me by, dork
robert More than 1 year ago
of course it has you just havent recognized it yet