03/24/2010 11:00PM

Sellers moving to Northeast


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Shane Sellers, who last summer returned to the saddle after a five-year hiatus, will move his tack to Delaware Park after the Fair Grounds meet concludes this weekend. Sellers will be represented by agent Bill Castle, who is also the agent for David Cohen, the defending Delaware Park riding champion and the runner-up to Ramon Dominguez this winter at Aqueduct.

Sellers, a winner of 4,172 career races, has had a successful Fair Grounds meet. He has 49 winners from 434 mounts, good for fifth in the standings, and his $1.7 million in purses earnings are third at the meet.

Sellers said he was considering going to Chicago for the summer, but trainer Cody Autrey, the defending champion trainer at Delaware, asked him to come.

"Delaware wasn't a thought because I didn't know anybody there," Sellers said from New Orleans. "Cody Autrey, having him ask me to go and hooking me up with Bill Castle, who I don't know but who I heard a lot of good things about as an agent, could be good for Shane Sellers."

Bush turf stars back to work

Trainer Tom Bush's two turf stakes winners, Banrock and Get Stormy, put in workouts Thursday morning at Belmont Park as they get ready for their season debuts.

Banrock, who swept the four traditional turf stakes for New York-bred males on this circuit last year, went three furlongs in 38.02 seconds over the training track. Get Stormy, who ended his 3-year-old season with four consecutive victories, including a pair of Grade 3 stakes in Kentucky, went the same distance in 39.09 seconds. It was the second work for both horses since they rejoined Bush's Belmont stable following a winter break in South Carolina.

Banrock, a 7-year-old who has won eight stakes, might be ready to run earlier than the May 30 date for the Kingston, a race he has won the last two years.

"He's pretty enthusiastic," Bush said. "He went great today. He's got more muscle tone to him than when he came back last year. He might get ready very nicely. I hope to try him against open company again this year when he's fresh."

Bush said Get Stormy went a little slower than he expected, but said it was "no big deal." With the NYRA canceling the Poker and moving the Kelso to dirt, Bush said he would probably have to look out of town for spots for Get Stormy, who finished last year with victories in the Bryan Station at Keeneland and the Commonwealth Turf at Churchill.

Cool N Collective retired

Cool N Collective, the 13-year-old gelding who won 15 times in an 81-race career that began in 2000, has been retired from racing. He will be retired to Old Friends at Cabin Creek the Bobby Frankel division near Saratoga.

In an effort to raise awareness for horse rescue and retirement organizations, Mike Repole, the owner of Cool N Collective, and the New York Racing Association are donating a total of $30,000 to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and the Exceller Fund. Those donations will be made during an on-track retirement ceremony for Cool N Collective before the sixth race April 3, Wood Memorial day.

"Horses are the stars of our sport, and it is the owners' responsibilities to take care of all of them once they are ready for retirement, whether they are 3 or 13," Repole said. "We owe all of the incredible rescue organizations a debt of gratitude and all the financial support that we can afford."

All three organizations will have a presence at the track on Wood day, accepting donations for their rescue and retirement efforts.

* Aqueduct will take wagering on Saturday's Dubai World Cup card from Meydan. Telebet and internet wagering will open at 9 a.m. with select self-service windows opening at 11 and a full staff of mutuel tellers beginning at 12:15. The first of seven stakes is the Al Quoz Sprint at 9:20 a.m. Eastern. Post time for the Dubai World Cup is 1:45 p.m.