01/06/2005 1:00AM

Tamburello headed for Saudi Arabia

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Tamburello, shown winning the Gallant Fox, will be pointed for Saudi Arabia's King's Cup.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Tamburello, winner of the Gallant Fox Handicap in his last start, has been sold to Saudi Arabian interests and will be pointed to the King's Cup, a 2 1/8-mile race run on Feb. 18 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Mike Miceli, who owned and trained Tamburello during his stint in North America, could not reveal to whom Tamburello was sold or for how much.

"He has been sold to the Saudis, but the owner requested to be anonymous," Miceli said Thursday. "The transaction was made [Wednesday] and they picked the horse up this morning."

Tamburello was the second horse on this circuit to be sold with the King's Cup in mind. Last month, Kissin Saint was sold to Buckram Oak Farm, and he is scheduled to run in the King's Cup. Tamburello and Kissin Saint were scheduled to van to Payson Park on Friday to be quarantined before shipping to Saudi Arabia. Kissin Saint finished third in an allowance race at Aqueduct on Thursday.

Tamburello, a 6-year-old gelding, began his career in Chile, where he won 7 of 21 starts, including several races run at 1 3/16 miles. He was transferred to Miceli last summer and ran several decent races, though he did not win until the Gallant Fox.

"I had an opportunity to win a stakes with him," Miceli said, when asked if he was disappointed to lose the horse. "I don't mind selling horses, especially if you get the price you want."

Song of the Sword may try Sunshine Millions

Song of the Sword, who won a third-level allowance race here on Dec. 19, could make his next start in the Sunshine Millions Classic, owner Ernie Paragallo said Thursday. The $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic is scheduled for Jan. 29 at Gulfstream Park.

Song of the Sword took ill a couple of days after his Dec. 19 victory, but was scheduled to resume training this weekend, weather and track condition permitting.

"He'll go back to the track this weekend," Paragallo said. "Will we make it? I don't know."

As a 3-year-old, Song of the Sword won his first three races and finished in the money in the Illinois Derby and Lexington Stakes before getting dusted in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

Song of the Sword could be one of several horses Paragallo ships to Florida at the end of the month. Paragallo hopes Daddy Joe runs well enough in Saturday's Count Fleet Stakes here to be put on the Triple Crown trail in races such as the Holy Bull (Feb. 5) and Fountain of Youth (March 5) at Gulfstream Park.

Paragallo purchased Daddy Joe for $900,000 last February at Calder, and it took the horse five tries to win his maiden, something he did here on Dec. 11. That was his first start since undergoing throat surgery.

"If he runs his race, I don't fear anybody in the race," Paragallo said. "Horsewise, when he's right, he's better than any of them."

Uncle Camie points for Paumonok

Uncle Camie, a sharp winner of an optional claiming race here Sunday, will be pointed to the $75,000 Paumonok Handicap here on Jan. 29, trainer Mike Hushion said.

Uncle Camie went gate to wire and easily fended off a challenge from Lucky Gamble to win that race by 1 3/4 lengths. In covering six furlongs in 1:09.66, Uncle Camie earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 105.

"It was a big race," Hushion said. "Once again he showed up. The only time he didn't run his race was when he was rated."

That was in the Hudson Handicap when Uncle Camie finished fifth. Hushion said he also plans to run Papua in the Paumonok.

Tote glitch costs NYRA

The switch to United Tote continues to cause problems for the New York Racing Association. On Thursday, a problem with the system prohibited the 1,610 patrons ontrack from wagering on three races. NYRA officials estimate the loss in handle was $120,000.

The problem, caused by a communications error between the mutuel system and the mutuel terminals, occurred just before the fifth race and was resolved just before the seventh. The start of the sixth was delayed 10 minutes.

The malfunction did not affect offtrack sites.

NYRA switched from Autotote to United Tote in October. NYRA recently had United Tote redesign its self-betting machines because fans had trouble using them.

Due to the inconvenience, NYRA offered free clubhouse admission for Friday. Also, programs for Thursday's card could be exchanged for a program any day during the next two weeks.