11/21/2007 12:00AM

Sellers has book in works

EmailRetired jockey Shane Sellers said this week that he is co-authoring a tell-all book that is nearing completion, with a target publishing date set for the weeks leading up to the 134th Kentucky Derby next May.

Sellers, who last rode in October 2004, long was at the forefront of various issues concerning jockeys, including insurance and weights. Now living in Louisiana, Sellers, 41, is co-writing the book with Tricia Psarreas, a 24-year-old graduate of the New York Institute of Technology.

"The book is going to be like Jose Canseco's, times 10," said Sellers, referring to the controversial "Juiced," about the baseball world.

Bill Frederick, a longtime friend of Sellers's, is serving as the agent and manager for the book. Although a publisher has not yet been hired, Frederick, who works in Louisville, Ky., said there have been offers to publish. Sellers said he might self-publish the book.

During a 22-year riding career, Sellers rode 4,069 winners, with his mounts earning $122.4 million. He won riding titles at Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Arlington, Gulfstream, and other tracks.

Frederick said the book "will not be sour grapes, but what needs to be done to improve the integrity of the game."