12/02/2009 1:00AM

Top owner now agent for West Virginia jock


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Richard Englander, who won the Eclipse Award as the leading owner in 2001 and 2002, will try his hand at a different aspect of the sport when he becomes a jockey agent for DeShawn Parker. Parker, whose 288 wins through Tuesday tied him for third nationally this year, will move his tack from Mountaineer Racetrack in West Virginia, where he is the leading rider at the fall meet, to Aqueduct after Christmas, according to Englander.

Englander plans to bring Parker to New York in the next few weeks to make introductions to some New York trainers.

"I wanted to do something different," Englander said. "All the expertise I've had dealing with the 80 or 100 trainers I've had, dealing with all of the racing offices, reading condition books . . . I thought being a jockey agent might not be a bad idea. I'm good with people, I'm a good communicator, and I think that's what you need to be successful. I'm excited about doing it."

Englander said he attempted to raise money to form a racing syndicate but that project "went a little stale." He is down to one horse, a 2-year-old that he owns half-interest in that will race this winter in Kentucky.

"I do plan on getting back on the owners' side of things, but right now this is what I want to do," Englander said.

By the Light returns in sprint stakes

By the Light, a nine-time stakes winner, makes her return to the races from a six-month layoff in Saturday's $65,000 Garland of Roses at six furlongs. The Garland of Roses, which failed to fill with enough entries last year, drew a field of nine.

By the Light, a New York-bred daughter of Malibu Moon, has not raced since finishing last of four as the 1-2 favorite in the What a Summer Stakes at Belmont on June 14. According to owner Samantha Siegel, By the Light was sent to Dr. Larry Bramlage at the Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic following that race and though no structural issues were found, it was determined to give the filly 60 days off. Since returning to training, she has breezed 10 times, including a five-furlong move in 1:05.18 on Tuesday.

"We had been running her all year, so we gave her 60 days off," Siegel said Wednesday from California. "I missed her, she's like a little cash machine. She's been a lovely surprise. If she were a little bigger she'd probably have been a graded stakes horse."

By the Light, who will be saddled by Juan Rodriguez, has two stakes wins and a second over the inner track. Her one loss came by a neck to Distorted Passion in the Foil Stakes last Dec. 14. Distorted Passion is one of By the Light's rivals on Saturday.

Saarlight, Hold That Prospect, Lady Alexander, Awesome Ashley, Casanova Killer, Honest to Betsy, and All of Her Twist are also entered.

NYRA in holiday spirit

The New York Racing Association will be in the holiday spirit this weekend and is hoping its fans will be as well.

First, Saturday and Sunday features the annual U.S Marines Toys for Tots drive where fans are asked to donate a new, unwrapped toy or make a financial contribution. The drive will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the first floor of the clubhouse.

NYRA will match all financial contributions made to the Marines. Gary Contessa, New York's leading trainer, will donate 10 percent of whatever purse money his horses earn on Saturday, or a minimum of $1,500. Contessa has five horses entered for Saturday.

Also, owner Harold Lerner has pledged $5,000 to the Toys for Tots program.

NYRA will also host its annual stocking stuffer promotion this weekend where it will sell a variety of popular giveaway items from the summer for $1. All the proceeds will be donated to Jamaica Medical Center. Sale items include the 2009 Alabama Stakes baseball caps as well as Saratoga T-shirts and ski caps. Last year, NYRA raised $4,000 for Jamaica Hospital and has pledged a $6,000 donation this year.

Finally, NYRA will also collect packaged food and donations for the St. Mary s Healthcare System for Children s "Home for the Holidays" Food drive. NYRA has set up collections boxes on the ground floor at the main clubhouse entrance and at the Turf and Field entrance through Jan. 1, 2010.

* Bold Union ($4) ended her career with a front-running, 1 3/4-length victory in Wednesday s $70,250 Tate Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Under Joe Bravo, Bold Union covered six furlongs in 1:09.94. Bold Union, owned by George and Lori Hall and trained by Kelly Breen, finished her career with 6 wins from 13 starts and earnings of $356,416.