11/12/2001 12:00AM

Guided Tour headed to Mideast


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Guided Tour, who would have been no worse than second choice in the Nov. 23 Clark Handicap, is out of the race after having departed Churchill Downs for his new home in Saudi Arabia.

Trainer Niall O'Callaghan had hoped to be able to run Guided Tour in the $400,000 Clark, but the new owners of the 5-year-old gelding, Buckram Oak Farm, instead want to start getting him ready for his next scheduled start in the Jan. 11 King's Cup in Saudi Arabia. Tom Albertrani will train Guided Tour in his new homeland.

Buckram Oak bought controlling interest in Guided Tour from Morton Fink in the week before the Breeders' Cup Classic, a race in which the gelding finished fifth at 18-1. Having returned to O'Callaghan's barn at Churchill after the Breeders' Cup, Guided Tour left Monday afternoon for a flight to New York, the first leg of his trip to Saudi Arabia.

"He's been an absolutely wonderful horse," said O'Callaghan.

Guided Tour earned more than $1.38 million this year, primarily by winning four Grade 2 races: the San Antonio, Stephen Foster, Washington Park, and Kentucky Cup Classic. The Clark also is a Grade 2.

The defection of Guided Tour apparently leaves Include, to be ridden by Pat Day, as a heavy favorite in the 1 1/8-mile Clark. Other probables include Gander, Outofthebox, Euchre, Scorpion, Woodmoon, and Connected.

Spain vs. 'Elaine' rematch possible

Spain, narrowly beaten by Unbridled Elaine in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, will make her next start in the Nov. 22 Falls City Handicap, a race that potentially could be a rematch of the top two finishers in the Distaff.

Trainer Dallas Stewart maintains he is still "50-50" on whether to run Unbridled Elaine in the Grade 3 $250,000 Falls City. Indications are that she will run since Pat Day could have had his choice of other mounts in the race.

Spain will be ridden by Gary Stevens or Robby Albarado for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Last year, Spain was beaten a nose by Bordelaise in the Falls City, a race that may have cost her the Eclipse Award for top 3-year-old filly.

What's his real name?

Jockey C.P. "Paunchie" Goberdhan knows that racing fans get a kick out of his nickname. But it's probably better than what they would do with his given name.

"It's Chandradat," said Goberdhan, who began his career in Kentucky in 1992-93 before moving his tack elsewhere.

On Sunday, Goberdhan rode The Big Blond to a 29-1 upset in the sixth race for owner Billy Hays and trainer Joe Woodard. "Mainly because of Billy and Joe, I'm going to stick around on this circuit," said Goberdhan.

Goberdhan, a 31-year-old native of British Guyana, comes from a family of 13 children, eight of whom were or are jockeys.

The longer, the better

Trainer Jere R. Smith Jr., delighted with the victory Saturday by A Storm Is Brewing in the 1 1/2-mile second leg of the Trails End Championship, said he is looking forward to the third and final leg on closing day. The final race in the series for starter-allowance marathoners is at two miles.

A Storm is Brewing faded to sixth in the first leg of the Trails End, a 1 1/4-mile race, on opening day.

- Charlson Broadcasting, the video and sound contractor at Churchill, last week began using a crowd microphone in conjunction with Luke Kruytbosch's race calls, giving a subtle new dimension to the outgoing Churchill simulcast signal.