OPELOUSAS, La. &ndash; For the second time in four years, Mark Guidry finds himself at a career crossroads. In the fall of 2007, the native of Lafayette, La., hung up his tack for the final time as a jockey. In his remarkable 33-year riding career, Guidry racked up 5,043 victories and numerous riding titles while dominating the Chicago circuit. He also received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2006.\r\n&ldquo;It was just time,&rdquo; Guidry said of his retirement. &ldquo;It was time to move on to the next step.&rdquo;\r\nThe next step was a career as a trainer. Although he enjoyed some success, winning 30 races from 300 starters, Guidry says he is ready to move on once again.\r\n&ldquo;I just really didn&rsquo;t have the stock I needed to,&rdquo; Guidry. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve won a few races but think my future lies elsewhere. I&rsquo;ve thought about maybe being a jock&rsquo;s agent but I think becoming a racing official is really what will be best for me.&rdquo;\r\nThose thoughts are not a recent development for Guidry, now 52. The former reinsman attended steward&rsquo;s school immediately following his retirement from riding and passed the required tests to become accredited.\r\n&ldquo;That was when I wasn&rsquo;t really sure what I wanted to do after riding,&rdquo; Guidry said. &ldquo;I thought it would be a good idea to become accredited just in case.&rdquo;\r\nGuidry went on to say that he thinks it is a good idea to have a former rider in the stewards stand.\r\n&ldquo;As an ex-rider, I feel that interpreting films is almost second nature to me as many as I&rsquo;ve watched over the years. Others may be better, more familiar, with administrative or medication issues but with regard to trips, I feel I&rsquo;m very qualified.&rdquo;\r\nGuidry&rsquo;s career as a conditioner ended on a winning note when he sent out Daniel Bell&rsquo;s Sotogenic in the Camellia Stakes for Alabama-breds at Evangeline on April 9.\r\n&ldquo;He&rsquo;s a longtime friend of mine from Chicago,&rdquo; Guidry said of Bell. &ldquo;The plan was to get her through that statebred stake. I had already gotten rid of all my other stock.&rdquo;\r\nGuidry said he recently applied for a vacant steward position at Louisiana Downs, which begins its season on May 6.\r\n◗ Former trainer Donald Lee Farmer passed away recently after coming down with pneumonia. He was 64.\r\nFarmer trained both Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds in south Louisiana after serving as Bubba Cascio&rsquo;s assistant in the 1970&rsquo;s. Farmer was also a nationally ranked arm wrestler in the 1960&rsquo;s and 70&rsquo;s.