03/30/2006 12:00AM

Trainers, jockeys undergo shakeup


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Allegiances can be as changing as the weather, and the return of the Thoroughbreds to Woodbine brings many new developments among owners and trainers.

Perhaps no individual here has encountered more recent change than Abraham Katryan, who will no longer be training the Kelynack Racing Stable runners of owner Glenn Harvey.

Katryan will continue to train Blue Rodeo, whom he owns in partnership with Harvey. But Harvey's other horses will be spread out among trainers Reade Baker, last year's Sovereign Award-winning trainer; Sid Attard, the leader in races won at the 2005 meeting; and Paul Attard, Sid's son.

Sid Attard's Kelynack horses include stakes winner Quick in Deed and stakes-placed Sheer Enchantment. Baker's include stakes winner Heyahohowdy and stakes-placed Forever Rush and Ever So Free.

"I had a great run with Kelynack; they've been good to me," said Katryan, who joined forces with the outfit three years ago.

"Mr. Harvey said he'd like to do something different this year. I hope he'll do well, that things work out for him."

With 38 stalls, Katryan still has plenty of stock, but he also will be open to new business.

"I'll be working from scratch, basically," he said. "This will be something new all over again for me."

Katryan's main client is longtime supporter Bruno Schickedanz, with 18 horses. Schickedanz also will have horses with trainer Nancy Triola.

Brian Lynch steps up

Stronach Stable's trainer of record this year at Woodbine will be Brian Lynch, who gains official recognition after running the show for trainer Bobby Frankel while listed as his assistant here last year. Stronach Stables will have 38 stalls.

Justin Nixon, who also trained horses for Stronach at Woodbine last year, is now training for Stronach in New York and will have a division at Monmouth Park.

Kevin Attard is the new trainer for Knob Hill Stable, which will have 16 horses at Woodbine. Alec Fehr, who trained for Knob Hill for four years, is a public trainer again this year and has five stalls.

Jerry Seymour, who has been working as the farm trainer for owner Harvey Tenenbaum, has returned to the track and has 16 stalls.

Tenenbaum stable star Judiths Wild Rush, Canada's champion sprinter in 2005, will remain with Baker.

Armata, Thayalan part company

Trainer Ross Armata and owner Thavalamar Thayalan have dissolved several partnerships and parted company. The Thayalan horses, now with trainer George Newland, include Barbeau Ruckus, a multiple-stakes-winning sprinter who won 11 races and $968,709 while under Armata's care.

New trainers at Woodbine this meet include Barry Lerman, Rodney Quinn, and Analisa Delmas.

Lerman, an erstwhile assistant to Baker, has gone out on his own as a public trainer and has six stalls, while Quinn will train four horses for Pedigree Stud Farm.

Delmas, daughter of Fieldstone Farm principal owner Ronnie Delmas, has 15 stalls. The Fieldstone horses formerly were trained by Jake Nemett, then by his assistant, Hugo Taft. Nemett has been sidelined by health problems since last fall.

Trainer John Simms, formerly based at Fort Erie but a frequent participant at Woodbine, will set up shop here for the first time and has 10 stalls.

Jockey jockeying

The new meet also brings annual changes in jockey and jockey agent relationships, and there are several intriguing newcomers among agents here this year.

Robin Platts, a Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Famer who rode 3,195 winners during his career and has been galloping horses for Mike Keogh in recent years, will be representing journeyman Gerry Baird, who booked his own mounts last season.

Jacques Dumas, who enjoyed a successful career as a trainer and has been working as an assistant to Nick DeToro the last few seasons, will be debuting as an agent with Jill Scharfstein his client.

Danny Williams, who came east from Hastings late in the fall of 1999 as the representative for jockey Gerry Olguin, wound up working as an assistant to trainer Lorne Richards for the last five years but is back in the jockey agent business, with Jim McAleney.

A Sovereign Award finalist last year, McAleney had been represented by Mike Luider, who also books mounts for 2005 Eclipse Award and Sovereign Award apprentice Emma-Jayne Wilson.

Fred Scott, who last year represented both Eurico Rosa Da Silva and Garry Cruise, has retired.

Tony Esposito will be Cruise's new agent. Esposito also represents Rui Pimentel.

Don Parente will take over as Rosa da Silva's agent.

Alan Raymond will continue to represent Martin Ramirez and has a new client in the veteran Jim McKnight.

Greg Broadhurst, who booked mounts for both Scharfstein and Constant Montpellier last year, has picked up Schemlin Montoute's book.

Sunny Singh has a new agent, Kim Damiani.

And John Calleja, who finished last season without a rider, is back in the agent business, representing Robert King.

* Change also has come to Daily Racing Form's Toronto office with the retirement of longtime handicapper/statisticians and brothers John Slauko and Ed Slauko.

John Slauko, 64, was with DRF for 45 years. Ed Slauko, 60, spent 36 years with the company.

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