12/28/2006 12:00AM

Distance next challenge for Sports Town


OZONE PARK, N.Y. – After a solid first-level allowance win in a sprint Wednesday, Sports Town will be stretched out in a stakes race for his next start, trainer John Terranova said Thursday.

What has yet to be decided, however, is whether that start will come in New York or Florida.

If Sports Town stays in New York, his next start would most likely come in the $65,000 Whirlaway Stakes at 1 1/16 miles over the inner track on Feb. 10. If he ships to Florida, Sports Town will likely be pointed to the Grade 3, $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes, which will be run as a one-turn mile on Feb. 3 at Gulfstream Park.

On Wednesday, Sports Town, 2, won a six-furlong allowance race by 2 1/4 lengths, pressing the early pace before making a sharp move to the front in upper stretch. Though he lugged in a bit down the lane, Sports Town was a relatively easy winner and galloped out well around the turn. He covered six furlongs in 1:10.99 and received a Beyer Speed Figure of only 75, down 9 points from his maiden win on Nov. 25.

Speed figures aside, Terranova said he was happy with what he saw.

“He’s coming along,” Terranova said. “A little bit better each time. I’m glad we sprinted him again, though I really feel he’ll be more effective when we stretch him out. I just want to get him mentally focused on what he’s doing in the afternoon.”

Terranova said that Sports Town is still a bit green. “He doesn’t quite know everything yet,” said Terranova. “He’s just a big baby about things.”

Sports Town is a Kentucky-bred son of Belong to Me and is owned by the Sovereign Stable.

Stuyvesant rematch in Robb

After finishing one-two in last month’s Grade 3 Stuyvesant Handicap, New York-breds Accountforthegold and Carminooch are scheduled to square off again in Sunday’s $65,000 Alex M. Robb Handicap for statebreds.

Accountforthegold beat Carminooch by one length in the Stuyvesant, with Organizer, another New York-bred, finishing third. Accountforthegold and Carminooch were both assigned 122 pounds for the Robb, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the inner track.

Others under consideration for the Robb are Naughty New Yorker, Indian Hawke, Starcastic, Who What Win, and Mr. Determined.

On Thursday, Naughty New Yorker worked five furlongs in 1:02.72 over Belmont Park’s training track.

May Day Vow targets Millions

May Day Vow, who won an overnight stakes here Nov. 12, is being pointed to the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint, according to trainer Mike Hushion.

May Day Vow, a Florida-bred daughter of Broken Vow, has won three consecutive races and is 4 for 5 in her career. In her victory in the Top Secret Stakes, May Day Vow earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 103.

“She ran a 103 Beyer,” said Hushion. “Might as well go ahead and take a shot for $300,000.”

May Day Vow began her career in the barn of Tim Salzman and won her debut here by 12 lengths. She suffered an injury that kept her away from the races for 14 months. Owners Bill and Vicki Poston transferred her to Hushion before she returned to the races in June, when she finished a well-beaten fourth. Since then, however, May Day Vow has reeled off three consecutive victories.

“She appeared quick in the morning, but I had no idea how quick,” Hushion said. “Her last race was visually very impressive. She jumped away from some fast fillies.”

May Day Vow is one of 12 horses Hushion has based at the Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach, Fla.

Contessa nears win mark

Gary Contessa is having one of the best years a trainer has ever had on this circuit.

With 149 wins through Friday, Contessa has equaled the second most victories by a trainer on this circuit since 1935. Frank Martin had 156 winners in 1974, and Peter Ferriola had 149 winners in 1992.

Contessa had five horses entered for Friday and has five more entered for Saturday, including Successful Affair, the probable favorite for the $65,000 Gallant Fox Handicap.

Meanwhile, Eibar Coa won two more races Thursday, giving him 299 for the year on this circuit. He is seeking to become just the fourth jockey to win 300 in a year. Mike Smith and Angel Cordero Jr. have done it twice.