02/02/2005 1:00AM

Tamweel stricken by throat ailment

In her first start for new trainer Tom Amoss, Tamweel ran a lackluster race in the Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita last Sunday, finishing sixth. After the race, she was found to have a throat infection.

NEW ORLEANS - Trainer Tom Amoss sent one of his barn's biggest stars, Tamweel, to Santa Anita for last Sunday's Grade 1 Santa Monica Stakes. A 5-year-old daughter of Gulch, Tamweel, who finished fourth in the 2004 Breeders' Cup Distaff, was making her first start in Amoss's care after being privately purchased for a reported $1 million by Tom Clark and Steve Davison of Rancho San Miguel, Calif. But when the gates opened, she didn't show her customary zeal for racing and finished a well-beaten sixth.

"We discovered after the race that she had a significant throat infection," said Amoss.

Amoss was not sure when she came down with the infection.

"She left here in good shape as far as we can tell," he said.

Tamweel, now back at Fair Grounds, is not suffering from any problems that might affect Amoss's long-term plans to point her to the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

"We're going to give her some time to let it clear up," he said. "It's likely to be more than a couple of days - more like two weeks. It does not change our long-terms plans, but it certainly affects our short-term plans. We have to wait for her to recover before we can start training her again."

Biloxi Palace dogged by setbacks

It's Carnival Time in New Orleans, but the Fair Grounds backstretch was a gloomy, rainswept place Tuesday. Trainer Dan Peitz has known that feeling all too often as of late, and he is looking for a break in the clouds that have hovered over his top 3-year-old, Biloxi Palace, ever since the horse came down with a cough the morning of the Jan. 15 Lecomte Stakes. Biloxi Palace recovered from his respiratory distress and returned to training, but now another problem has developed.

"We took him to the track two days and he came back lame," said Pietz. "He has an abscess in his foot. We're tubbing him twice a day and hoping for the best."

Next weekend's Risen Star Stakes was already out of the question for Biloxi Palace, but further delays in his training schedule may compromise his chances to be ready for the March 12 Louisiana Derby.

New Haven Harbor takes next step

Neil Howard's latest promising 3-year-old, New Haven Harbor, tops a field of eight colts and geldings in Friday's feature race at Fair Grounds, a $50,000 optional claimer at six furlongs on the main track.

Howard has been pleased with the way the Boston Harbor colt has worked since winning his maiden at first asking.

"Most trainers feel there's a little something there when a colt wins at first asking and then trains on," said Howard. "That's a very positive sign."

New Haven Harbor did not race as a 2-year-old.

"We knew he was a nice little colt," said Howard. "He was almost ready around midsummer and he came up with a slight ankle fracture - more of a bruise, really. He just needed some time with it, so we turned him out."

New Haven Harbor came back to the track with relish.

"He trained nicely into his first race and continues to do well," said Howard. "We'll take it one step at a time. We'll see how he does at this level, and the next step would be to try to stretch him out. There could be a question about how far he wants to go, but he's a nice, smooth-moving colt, and he is definitely good as far as the attractiveness level goes."

The Amoss-trained Dr. Meatball appears to be New Haven Harbor's main rival.