07/07/2002 11:00PM

E Dubai arrives in Suburban


ELMONT, N.Y. - Another good one.

Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum has one of the best handicap horses in training in Street Cry, winner of the Dubai World Cup and the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs. Now, in the aftermath of Saturday's $500,000 Suburban Handicap, we can see he has another good one for that division in E Dubai. A 4-year-old colt by Mr.Prospector, leading all the way under an outstanding ride by John Velazquez, E Dubai won the mile-and-a-quarter Suburban by three-quarters of a length as the third choice. Lido Palace, the second choice in a field of seven, finished second, a length in front of the 11-10 favorite, Macho Uno.

The stage was set for this interesting upset on Thursday, when entries for the Suburban were taken. Seeking Daylight, so impressive in winning last month's Brooklyn Handicap by more than eight lengths, was injured and didn't enter.

That left the Suburban short on speed and prompted a council of war by phone among those who direct the fortunes of the Godolphin Racing Stable. When Tom Albertrani, who has the Godolphin horses in New York, said E Dubai, if entered, would be the only real speed, Sheikh Mohammed, who is very close to his horses, gave the green light to enter.

Purchased as a yearling at Keeneland for $1.35 million, E Dubai was lightly-raced at 2, and was a promising 3-year-old with seconds in the Travers, the Super Derby, and the Peter Pan. He trained well this spring for Albertrani, made his 4-year-old debut in the Brooklyn Handicap, finishing a respectable fourth. The race helped him considerably, and earlier on Saturday, when Albertrani saw Carson Hollow sprint to victory on the lead in the $200,000 Prioress for 3-year-old fillies, he felt good about E Dubai's chances.

After E Dubai raced easily to the lead in the Suburban, Velazquez eased the pace, getting the quarter in 24.10 seconds, the half-mile in 48.72. He had something left, and it was a good thing he did for Lido Palace and Macho Uno challenged him.

He was able to turn them back and register the most significant victory of his career.

"We'll try to keep our two horses apart as long as possible," Albertrani said. "Street Cry is being pointed for the Whitney at Saratoga on Aug. 3, so we'll consider the Saratoga Breeders Cup on Aug. 17 and Monmouth's Philip Iselin on Aug. 18 for E Dubai."

Carson Hollow's triumph in the Prioress was almost as impressive as E Dubai's Suburban, and the link between the two artistic gems was a masterful ride by Velazquez. Carson Hollow, the third choice, took an early lead with a lively quarter in 22:04, kept up the pressure with a half-mile in 44.67, and closed with a flourish to win by two lengths, the six furlongs going in 1:08.79.

An easy winner of all four of her starts, Carson Hollow (by Carson City) is owned by Gabrielle Farm, Hemlock Hills Farm, Sanford Goldfarb, Justine Zimmerman, and trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., who was securing his first Grade 1 victory.

Dutrow's brother Tony was at a sale when an attractive filly was bought in by her consignors. Tony phoned Richard, recommended the purchase, and Dutrow was able to buy her privately for a price of about $75,000. Her value today is considerably higher.

Dutrow will point Carson Hollow for Saratoga;s Grade 1 Test Stakes on July 27, and the racing community will be watching to see if she is as good as her performances to date suggest.