03/02/2009 12:00AM

Noble Sound ready to go places


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Having won seven stakes in the first two months of 2009, trainer Tom Albertrani certainly has an excellent sense of timing. And while Wednesday's feature at Aqueduct is not a stakes event, Albertrani certainly has an excellent chance of winning it with the undefeated colt Noble Sound.

Albertrani hopes that Wednesday's second-level allowance feature is a stepping-stone to a stakes opportunity later this year for Noble Sound, a son of Vindication who cost $2.8 million as a yearling.

Noble Sound won his debut last November by 4 3/4 lengths over Belmont Park's main track before coming back seven weeks later to win a first-level allowance by a neck over a muddy inner track.

In that race, Noble Sound was carried out very wide in the stretch by the eventual third-place finisher, M.J.'s Enchanteur. Jockey Jeffrey Sanchez lost his whip in upper stretch and had to resort to slapping the horse on the shoulder with his hand.

More noteworthy, however, is the fact that Noble Sound came out of the race with a foot injury, one that Albertrani said was detectable right away. Albertrani said the horse injured the frog, the bottom part of a horse's foot that acts as shock absorber.

"I think he was feeling his foot, because when he came down the lane, he looked a little uncomfortable," Albertrani said. "He was lame coming back into the winner's enclosure. I'm sure he started feeling the foot the time he was turning for home."

Noble Sound missed some training time, but shows three breezes in 17 days heading into this six-furlong race.

"He's been training great going into this race," Albertrani said. "Hopefully, this will lead to the next level."

Trainer David Jacobson has entered Southern Missile and Trophy Road, both of whom are in for the optional claiming price of $50,000. Southern Missile has finished first or second in 23 of 42 starts and is coming off a second-place finish at this level on Jan. 17.

Though Southern Missile was forced to take up sharply at the quarter pole in that race, it probably "did not affect the outcome," Jacobson said. Southern Missile does get a significant rider switch from five-pound apprentice Victor Santiago to the meet's leading rider, Ramon Dominguez.

Trophy Road, Jacobson's other entrant, is pure speed and has won his last two. Jacobson said he would handicap the race before determining if both horses would run.

Serious Fever drops back into this condition after finishing fourth in the Paumonok Stakes.