11/02/2007 12:00AM

Etched going to Dubai for winter

EmailOZONE PARK, N.Y. - As expected, the talented juvenile colt Etched, winner of the Grade 3 Nashua Stakes here on Oct. 28, will be shipped to Dubai in early December to prepare for his 3-year-old season.

Etched, owned by Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Darley Stable, will be transferred to Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation. After spending a month in quarantine at Payson Park in south Florida, Etched will head to Dubai to participate in that country's International Racing Carnival, which runs from Jan. 17 through March 29. The major races of the carnival for 3-year-olds are the $250,000 UAE 2000 Guineas on Feb. 14 and the $2 million UAE Derby on March 29. Both races are run at Nad al Sheba.

Etched, a son of Forestry out of the 2001 Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Unbridled Elaine, was impressive winning both of his starts. He won his debut by 6 3/4 lengths going six furlongs on Sept. 29. He then returned to win the Nashua by 6 1/2 lengths, running a mile in 1:36.96.

"Hopefully, he'll do well in that festival over there," said Kiaran McLaughlin, who trained Etched for both his starts. "He's 2 for 2; we'll hope for the best. He's a difficult horse. Hopefully he keeps his head together."

Last year, the McLaughlin-trained Day Pass won his first two starts - including the Nashua - in eye-catching fashion before shipping to Dubai. He ran fourth in an allowance race and ninth in the UAE Derby and has not raced since.

McLaughlin believes, given his pedigree, Etched has more of a chance to develop into a Kentucky Derby horse. However, he mentioned the horse has some quirks about him.

"He's not straightforward, that's the big question," McLaughlin said. "He's just a little tricky to train."

Joining Etched in quarantine - which is scheduled to begin Tuesday and run through Dec. 5 - is the 2-year-old filly Musical Note, who won a maiden race at Aqueduct on Thursday by 7 1/4 lengths, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 84. She will head to Dubai most likely to complete in the UAE Oaks on Feb. 28. Musical Note, a half-sister to the Grade 1 winner Musical Chimes, was trained by Tom Albertrani.

Albertrani may have another juvenile heading to Dubai. Numaany, a 2-year-old son of A.P. Indy, won a 1 1/8-mile maiden race Friday at Aqueduct, despite bolting to the outside fence at the eighth pole and almost being pulled up by jockey Javier Castellano.

After getting passed by three horses inside the final furlong, Numaany got back on stride and finished with a flourish to win by 2 3/4 lengths. Nummany ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:52.81. Numaany, making his second start, must have been spooked by something he saw, possibly tire tracks.

"At one time, I thought I'd have to jump off because I was going straight for the gate," Castellano said. "I was prepared to jump off. But he woke up, he listened to me, he put on the brakes a little bit, he dug back in, I hit him, and he was fine."

Numaany was the third straight winner for Albertrani, who won two races Thursday. Since Oct. 21, Albertrani has won with 5 of his last 7 runners, all on this circuit.

Smoke 'n Coal heading to Florida

Smoke 'n Coal, who was part of that run for Albertrani winning the Grand Slam Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 21, is being pointed to the $150,000 Jack Price Stakes at Calder next Saturday, Albertrani said. The seven-furlong race is restricted to Florida-breds.

Smoke 'n Coal, a son of Smoke Glacken, has won both of his starts, at 5 1/2 and six furlongs. He would have been a candidate for a race like the Cowdin, but that is no longer on the NYRA calendar. On Friday, Smoke 'n Coal worked four furlongs in 49.83 seconds over Belmont's main track.

"That race is seven-eighths," Albertrani said of the Jack Price. "We'll see how he steps up to a little more distance. It's a good spot to try him in."

Pool Land to Top Flight

Though Pool Land was nominated to Sunday's $100,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap, Albertrani has elected to wait for the Grade 2, $150,000 Top Flight Handicap here on Nov. 23.

Albertrani said he preferred to run in the one-turn mile for Pool Land's second start back off a long layoff. In her last start, Pool Land won the Beautiful Pleasure Stakes at Belmont on Sept. 26. The Beautiful Pleasure was run around one turn at 1 1/16 miles.

Prado returns to saddle

Jockey Edgar Prado finished fourth aboard Giant Chieftain in Friday's nightcap. It was his first mount since he broke his ankle in a spill at Saratoga on Sept. 1. Prado was listed to ride five horses Saturday and is named on six Sunday.

Prado said he plans to ride here through at least the end of November, before heading to Japan for that country's Jockey Challenge the weekend of Dec. 1-2. Prado said he may return to New York for the first two weeks of December before NYRA takes its traditional holiday break from Dec. 17-25.

* Lear's Princess, the Grade 1 Gazelle winner who finished 10th as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, on Saturday was to have shipped from Saratoga to the Palm Meadows training center in south Florida, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said.

* Bold Hawk, winner of the Hawthorne Derby, worked four furlongs in 47.97 seconds Friday morning over Belmont Park's main track as he prepares for a start in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby at Hollywood Park on Nov. 25.