11/10/2004 1:00AM

Country Be Gold back in old haunt

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Aggadan, here winning Saturday's Challedon at Pimlico, may meet Pico Central and Kela in the Cigar Mile.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Country Be Gold will return to familiar stomping grounds when he runs in Saturday's $100,000 Stuyvesant Handicap at Aqueduct.

Country Be Gold, a 7-year-old, was previously stabled in New York with trainer Steve Kappes. The horse has been with trainer Reynaldo Nobles since July 2003 and has raced primarily at Delaware Park, where Nobles is currently stabled.

When Country Be Gold runs in the Grade 3 Stuyvesant - his third start in the race - he will be making his 51st career start and looking for his first win in a graded stakes. Country Be Gold has only won 10 races, but he ran in some very tough spots while he was in New York, including the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Woodward, and Suburban.

Since leaving New York, Country Be Gold has faced softer company and has won 5 of 17 starts for Nobles.

Country Be Gold's best effort this year came in August, when he won an allowance race and beat Supah Blitz, who came back to win the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap in his next start.

Nobles said he is pleased with how Country Be Gold is coming up to the Stuyvesant.

"He is going to give a good account of himself," said Nobles, who trains Country Be Gold for Dr. Barry Seinfeld and Elisabeth Dawson. "He's a very easy horse to train and a pleasure to be around. He's also very easy to ride - he drops out of it and makes a run at the three-eighths pole."

Pablo Fragoso will ride Country Be Gold. The likely starters, with weights, are Powerful Touch (116), Colita (115), Snake Mountain (115), Country Be Gold (114), Spite the Devil (114), Classic Endeavor (113), Sherpa Guide (113), and Everydayissaturday (109).

Roar Emotion to return next year

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Roar Emotion, the runner-up in last Saturday's Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap, will race next year as a 5-year-old.

Roar Emotion, owned by Joe Allen, will race at least one more time this year, if not twice, according to McLaughlin. The stakes options for Roar Emotion, a daughter of Roar, are the $150,000 Top Flight here on Nov. 26 and the $100,000 Ladies on Dec. 18.

After either - or possibly both - of those races, McLaughlin said, "We'll stay here or go to Florida and hopefully race on. Joe Allen breeds horses, but he likes to race."

Roar Emotion suffered a tough defeat in the Turnback the Alarm, where she was beaten a half-length by Personal Legend, who outfinished Allen's filly in the final yards.

McLaughlin said he was "very proud" of Roar Emotion, "because sometimes it's hit or miss with her, if you look at her record. She ran a winning race, but was second-best."

Roar Emotion has won a graded race each of her three seasons on the track and has earnings of $617,630.

Aggadan may go in Cigar

Aggadan, who won the Challedon Stakes at Pimlico last Saturday for trainer Richard Dutrow, could run next in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 27.

Aggadan, who finished second to Breeders' Cup Classic winner Ghostzapper in the Tom Fool at Belmont Park in July, won the Challedon by 1 1/4 lengths under Eibar Coa.

Dutrow said he has no delusions of beating Pico Central if that horse runs in the Cigar Mile. Pico Central, who has been mentioned as a candidate to run in the Cigar Mile by his trainer, Paulo Lobo, won the Grade 1 Carter at Aqueduct in April.

"I'm not dreaming of beating Pico Central, but I wouldn't mind being third," Dutrow said. "He came out of the race at Pimlico really good. I didn't see the race, but [jockey Eibar] Coa said he just exploded turning for home."

Kela, the runner-up to in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, is also expected to run in the $350,000 Cigar Mile.

Dutrow reported that Sis City, who finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, is being pointed to the Grade 2 Demoiselle on Nov. 27.

On Wednesday, Dutrow was in Florida at the Palm Meadows training center, where he has 18 horses, including graded stakes winners Love of Money, Offlee Wild, and Well Fancied, who all will be returning to the races off layoffs in their next starts.

Love of Money, the Pennsylvania Derby winner, hasn't run since finishing sixth in the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 2. Dutrow said he is pointing Love of Money to the Grade 1 Malibu at Santa Anita on Dec. 26.

Dutrow said Offlee Wild, who won the Massachusetts Handicap in his last start in June, and Well Fancied, who hasn't run since April, likely will return to the races at Gulfstream.

Luzzi right back a winner

Jockey Mike Luzzi, who broke his leg at Saratoga on July 28, was a winner his first day back on the job on Wednesday. Luzzi finished second aboard Smokieisabandit in the fifth race, but was awarded the victory after the winner, Unswept, was disqualified from first to fifth for interfering with City News.

Luzzi finished off the board with his other mount, Stag Dancer, in the fourth race.