02/24/2003 12:00AM

Dubai could be next for My Cousin Matt


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - After winning his first graded stakes - Saturday's Grade 2 General George at Laurel Park - a journey to Dubai may be next for My Cousin Matt.

On Monday, My Cousin Matt's trainer, Scott Lake, expressed keen interest in running in the $2 million Golden Shaheen, a race on the $13.5 million Dubai World Cup card at Nad Al Sheba on March 29.

An invitation would have to be extended for My Cousin Matt, who was back at Lake's Belmont Park barn on Monday, to run in the Golden Shaheen.

Claimed by Lake and owner Richard Englander for $85,000 last September at Belmont, My Cousin Matt, a 4-year-old, won the $200,000 General George by three lengths and covered the seven furlongs over a sloppy track in a quick 1:22.12. My Cousin Matt was the third betting choice of 11 horses that ran in the General George.

"He is developing quickly and I want to find the right spots for him," Lake said. "He ran a gigantic race. He's a super nice horse."

In December, My Cousin Matt won the Great State Challenge at Sam Houston by seven lengths. In his next start, the gelding's first in graded stakes company, he finished sixth in the Grade 1 Malibu at Santa Anita on Dec. 26.

Peeping Tom may try for another Toboggan

The connections of Peeping Tom, the General George runner-up, are looking at the $100,000 Toboggan on March 15 at Aqueduct for the gelding's next start.

Peeping Tom, who won the General George and Toboggan in 2001, is showing signs of life again. Peeping Tom, a Grade 1 stakes winner, went off form after finishing sixth in last year's Godolphin Mile on the Dubai World Cup card.

The 6-year-old rebounded to win an allowance race at Aqueduct on Feb. 9, before finishing second in the General George.

"He ran a spectacular race at Laurel," trainer Pat Reynolds said. "[My Cousin Matt] just exploded. Tom probably ran his 'A' race and the winner ran an 'A-plus' race."

Reynolds said another race under consideration for Peeping Tom is the $250,000 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup at Keeneland on April 13.

Reynolds reported that Alysweep, who finished sixth as the favorite in Saturday's Best Turn, which was run in the slop, will run next in the $200,000 Gotham on March 16.

"He was a little tired and depressed after the race," Reynolds said. "Good horses get a little depressed when they don't get a chance to do their best. He was down on the inside on a heavy part of the track. It was a bad track to be on, but he did come back good."

Shawklit Mint, a Reynolds trainee who won Friday's featured race, will run next in the $75,000 Broadway Handicap on March 15.

Carson Hollow stays at Big A for next

Grade 1 winner Carson Hollow, who finished second to Xtra Heat in Saturday's $200,000 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel Park, returned to trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.'s Aqueduct barn on Monday and will be pointed to the $150,000 Distaff Breeders' Cup, a seven-furlong race on March 29.

Dutrow said he really couldn't form an opinion about Carson Hollow's effort in the Barbara Fritchie because he had a difficult time viewing the race, which was run in dense fog.

Xtra Heat defeated Carson Hollow by 1 3/4 lengths.

"What I did see made no sense," Dutrow said. "She slipped real bad at the start and then I could see her in front and then [Xtra Heat] was in front. In the stretch, it looked like horses were going to pass my filly, but she came on again and ran huge through the lane."

The Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie was Carson Hollow's first start since finishing last in the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Oct. 26.

* The $75,000 Hollie Hughes, canceled for a second time on Sunday when racing was scrapped after the fifth race because of deteriorating track conditions, is back on for Sunday. The race will be open to its original nominees and redrawn Friday.

* Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. is named on one horse Wednesday, Brocco Gold Strike in the ninth. It will be Arroyo's first mount since serving a 39-day prison sentence for second-degree assault for an incident at a pool hall last June.