11/04/2002 12:00AM

Injured Pretty Wild to skip 2003 classics


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Pretty Wild, runner-up in both the Hopeful and Belmont Futurity, most likely will not be ready to contest next spring's classics following successful knee surgery Sunday to remove a bone chip from his right knee.

"He probably won't be able to make it," trainer Stanley Hough said Monday morning. "It'd just be great if he comes back."

Hough said Pretty Wild - who was scratched out of Saturday's Nashua Stakes - would need 90 days off, meaning he wouldn't be able to begin training until early February. Hough said the earliest he figured Pretty Wild would run again would be late April or early May.

"The 3-year-old classics come up so quick," said Hough, who trains Pretty Wild for owner-breeder Einar Robsham. "It'd be hard to do that."

As a son of 1984 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Wild Again out of the 1995 Alabama winner Pretty Discreet, Pretty Wild has the breeding of a Kentucky Derby prospect. After winning his maiden in his third start, Pretty Wild finished second behind Sky Mesa in the Hopeful and second to Whywhywhy in the Futurity. In his most recent start, Pretty Wild finished fourth as the favorite in the Champagne.

Hough said Pretty Wild came out of the Champagne with a viral infection. In the days leading up to the Nashua, Hough said he noticed filling in the colt's knee, but Pretty Wild trained well with it. "It did bother him when he flexed it a little bit," said Hough, who ordered X-rays, which revealed the bone chip.

Hough said Pretty Wild would stay in New York for a few weeks before convalescing at Ocala Stud Farm in central Florida.

Dubai pondered for Evening Attire

Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Evening Attire, who finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic, remains in light training at Belmont Park until his connections map out plans for his 2003 campaign.

One of the races under consideration is the $6 million Dubai World Cup at Nad Al Sheba on March 29. Trainer Pat Kelly said that if the Dubai World Cup is the goal, it would not make sense to take Evening Attire out of training entirely.

"That's the decision we have to make," Kelly said. "I don't know what we're going to do. He'll get some sort of break, we just haven't figured it out yet."

Kelly said Evening Attire came out of the Classic in good shape. He had only one horse beat at the quarter pole before rallying to be fourth behind the winner, Volponi. "We didn't quite get a track that helped us," Kelly said. "Not much we can do about that."

Harlan's Holiday: Cigar Mile possible

Harlan's Holiday, who finished ninth in the Breeders' Cup Classic, is possible to run in the Grade 1, $350,000 Cigar Mile on Nov. 30, trainer Todd Pletcher said.

"He ran a big race in the Iroquois last year and that was a one-turn mile," said Pletcher, who added that the Grade 1 status of the Cigar Mile is another reason he and owner Jack Wolf are considering the race. "We'll keep our eye on the race and see how it shapes up."

Pletcher said jockey John Velazquez told him Harlan's Holiday didn't handle the Arlington Park main track, which was listed as fast but had moisture in it. "He went into it great, came out of it great," Pletcher said. "Physically, he's in good shape."

Heavyweight Champ's back winning

Heavyweight Champ, who placed in several graded stakes as a 2-year-old, finally won his first race as a 3-year-old Sunday, taking a second-level allowance race by 1 1/4 lengths at Aqueduct. It was his first win since an entry-level allowance on Sept. 19, 2001.

Though trainer John Terranova said he may nominate Heavyweight Champ to the Fall Highweight Handicap on Thanksgiving Day, the Two Punch colt would most likely be pointed to another allowance race.

"I wouldn't be quick to jump into any kind of stakes right now," Terranova said. "He still has got to step up and improve. We'll see how good he is eventually. He needed that last race and he still needed this one. He had to run hard. They came to him and he was edging away at the end."

Last year, Heavyweight Champ finished third in the Grade 2 Sanford, second in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special, and third in the Grade 1 Champagne. This year, he finished second twice in allowance company and ran sixth in the Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga.

On Sunday, he covered six furlongs in 1:10.44 under Aaron Gryder, who won three races from six mounts on the nine-race card.

Dawn of the Condor to try Red Smith?

Dawn of the Condor, upset winner of Saturday's Knickerbocker Handicap, may run next in the Red Smith Handicap or the Great State Challenge Turf, trainer Gary Sciacca said Monday.

Sciacca said he would prefer the Great State Challenge Turf because it's worth $125,000 more than the $150,000 Red Smith and it's at nine furlongs, the same distance as the Knickerbocker. The Great State Challenge Turf is an invitational and Sciacca is unsure his horse would get invited.

Since it is run at Sam Houston Park on Dec. 7, the Great State Challenge Turf would give Dawn of the Condor more time between races. The Red Smith, contested at 11 furlongs, will be run on Nov. 23.