03/14/2007 12:00AM

Kelly's Landing aims for Golden Shaheen


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Add Kelly's Landing's name to the list of south Florida-based horses expected to run on the Dubai World Cup program on March 31. The 6-year-old will compete in the $2 million Golden Shaheen at six furlongs.

Kelly's Landing, winner of the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Handicap during the opening week of the meet, is among the eight horses scheduled to board a charter flight at Fort Lauderdale that is scheduled to depart for London on Tuesday evening before continuing on to Dubai.

"We decided to take the horse out there and give it a shot," said Eddie Kenneally, who trains Kelly's Landing for his breeder, the Summerplace Farm. "It's a rare opportunity for a sprinter to make some big money, he runs well fresh, and he's training really well right now. He's a pretty big horse, so the fact the race is run on a straightaway should be to his advantage. And we've got Frankie Dettori to ride him, which is another plus since he knows that course so well."

Kelly's Landing, a three-time Grade 3 stakes winner, is scheduled to have his final work for the Golden Shaheen on Sunday or Monday at Palm Meadows.

"We understand a trip like this tends to knock a horse out for a while, but it's not a concern because we plan on turning him out and pointing him for a fall campaign after he returns," said Kenneally.

Joining Kelly's Landing on the flight to Dubai and in the field for the Golden Shaheen is Nightmare Affair, third in the 2006 Breeders' Cup Sprint. Nightmare Affair is being trained by his owner, Gary Marano, at Palm Meadows.

"Basically we wanted to center our main operation up to New York beginning this spring, which was the reason I've taken over training the horses we had in Florida with Manny Azpurua," said Marano. "I go way back with Kiaran McLaughlin. I'm in his barn and he's kind of been guiding me along and supervising the path to Dubai. Who better to know the ins and outs and intricacies of racing in Dubai than Kiaran."

Marano began in the business as an assistant with trainer Butch Lenzini and had a trainer's license from 1990 through 1995. He said one edge he may have in the Golden Shaheen is that horses are not allowed to race on Lasix in Dubai.

"Nightmare Affair has never run on Lasix, so that should be an edge for us, as well as the straightaway run, since he's a come-from-behind horse who has had problems at times either getting stopped or losing a lot of ground around the turn," said Marano. "I've been around this horse for the last four years, I know him inside and out, and right now he's doing about as well as he ever has."

Nobiz Like Shobiz works in blinkers

Nobiz Like Shobiz, working for the first time equipped with blinkers, went an easy half-mile in 49.80 seconds here shortly after the first renovation break on Wednesday.

"He never does anything wrong in the mornings," trainer Barclay Tagg said later that morning. "He always goes fine. I'm not sure how he'll react with the blinkers in a race. We'll have to see. I think the biggest thing with him is that he's just got to grow up a little bit."

Nobiz Like Shobiz, a close third despite lugging in near the eighth pole of the Grade 3 Fountain of Youth Stakes, is being pointed for the Grade 1 Wood at Aqueduct on April 7.

Later Wednesday morning, 2003 Derby winner Funny Cide breezed an impressive half-mile for Tagg in 48.20 under assistant Robin Smullen before galloping out five-eighths in 1:01. The work was surprisingly fast, considering Funny Cide worked in draw reins and appeared to be doing little more than open galloping.

"The clockers kept a watch on him for another quarter-mile and caught him galloping out seven-eighths in 1:26," said Smullen.

Tagg said that in all likelihood Funny Cide's next start would come over the Polytrack at Keeneland.