ETOBICOKE, Ontario &ndash; After spending more than 20 years as an assistant trainer, Leroy Trotman has changed roles and will now represent eight&#45;time Sovereign Award&#45;winning jockey Patrick Husbands as his agent.Husbands and longtime agent Gary Kemplen recently parted ways, and Trotman said Husbands offered him a chance to take over his book.&ldquo;Patrick wanted to make a change, and he gave me a call,&rdquo; Trotman said. &ldquo;This opportunity is the perfect opportunity.&rdquo;This will be Trotman&rsquo;s first experience as a jockey agent. He spent the last 11 years as an assistant trainer to Reade Baker. Baker represented three Sovereign Award&#45;winning jockeys as an agent from 1976&#45;85 &ndash; Gary Stahlbaum, Avelino Gomez, and Ron Hansen &ndash; and Trotman said Baker was the first person he spoke with about the position.&ldquo;Reade said this was the opportunity of a lifetime,&rdquo; Trotman said. &ldquo;He told me the best time he had in horse racing was when he was an agent. He was very supportive.&rdquo;Trotman said he&rsquo;s spent the last couple of weeks learning the role and hopes to represent additional riders down the road.&ldquo;This is just the beginning,&rdquo; Trotman said. &ldquo;Hopefully, this can lead to someone else. Patrick is going to be enough for me to handle right now. It&rsquo;s a learning process. At the same time, it&rsquo;s great to start with a rider like Patrick. It makes things a little easier, but at the same time, there&rsquo;s things to learn while you&rsquo;re doing that.&rdquo;Shakhimat has minor surgeryWhile the top three finishers from the Queen&rsquo;s Plate were scheduled to run in Tuesday&rsquo;s $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie, fifth&#45;place finisher Shakhimat was not among those entered for the second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown.Trainer Roger Attfield said Shakhimat underwent minor throat surgery following the Queen&rsquo;s Plate for an entrapped epiglottis. Another Attfield trainee, Are You Kidding Me, underwent a similar procedure ahead of his 2015 campaign, when he was named Canada&rsquo;s champion older male.&ldquo;[Shakhimat] is doing fine actually,&rdquo; Attfield said. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s back under tack and just started jogging. He&rsquo;ll be back in normal training in about 10 days, and all looks good.&rdquo;Attfield said it was possible that Shakhimat could run in the $500,000 Breeders&rsquo; Stakes on Aug. 21, but a more likely return spot is the Grade 3, $150,000 Ontario Derby on Sept. 17.