Kaleem Shah, Doug O'Neill End Working Relationship

Kaleem Shah, Doug O'Neill End Working Relationship
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Trainer Doug O'Neill (left) and owner Kaleem Shah (center) celebrate Iliad's San Vicente victory with jockey Flavien Prat

Owner Kaleem Shah's horses found another barn on the Santa Anita Park backside once again, just more than four months after a split with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on New Year's Eve.

Trainer Simon Callaghan said May 8 six horses that were in trainer Doug O'Neill's care are now with him at Santa Anita. O'Neill, who earlier in the day declined to comment, confirmed the move via text message Monday afternoon.

Shah did not respond to multiple requests for comment Monday and both Callaghan and O'Neill declined to divulge details of the move. Art Sherman, who obtained some of Shah's horses after the split with Baffert, said he has not heard of any changes involving horses under his care.

"I haven't heard anything, so I think I'm OK," Sherman said.

Since the split with Baffert, Shah's horses have a 4-4-2 record from 25 starts for both O'Neill and Sherman, with $406,520 in earnings. Two of those victories were stakes wins with O'Neill—Iliad in the Feb. 12 San Vicente Stakes (G2) and Aristocratic in the April 16 San Pedro Stakes.

Last year Shah horses went 19-19-9 from 74 starts with Baffert, to earn more than $1.8 million. In 2015 his record was 20-12-11 from 70 starts for more than $2.3 million, but 2014 was his best year to date, when he went 29-10-4 from 81 starts with more than $5.9 million in earnings, including a Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) score with Bayern  .

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