02/12/2002 12:00AM

Everything Terranova sends out is running big


JAMAICA, N.Y. - The last two weeks have been kind to trainer John Terranova, whose New York barn has four wins, two seconds, and a third from its last seven runners over Aqueduct's inner track.

My Heart's Deelite, who started the run, will look to keep the good times rolling when she runs in a second-level allowance race at a mile and 70 yards, the featured event on Thursday's nine-race card.

My Heart's Deelite enjoyed some early success last spring, winning her maiden second time out and finishing third in the Fashion Stakes. She tailed off after that, suffering from some typical 2-year-old problems, according to Terranova.

On Jan. 31, My Heart's Deelite returned from a 3 1/2-month layoff to post a front-running, three-quarter- length victory in a preliminary allowance race at six furlongs. Thursday's race, in which My Heart's Deelite faces just four foes, marks her first start around two turns.

"She seems like a nicer filly than what she's done looking on paper," Terranova said. "Possibly, two turns might suit her. She's shown speed sprinting, I think she could be placed anywhere in the race."

The horse to beat is Bema, who has shipped up from south Florida for trainer Shug McGaughey. Bema is already proven around two turns and drops back into allowance company after finishing third in the off-the-turf Tropical Oaks at Calder on New Year's Day. McGaughey had Bema entered in the Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream, but scratched her when the race stayed on the turf.

Sideways also drops back into allowance company after finishing a late-running third in the Busanda Stakes at this distance on Jan. 27

Terranova big guns back home

While Terranova has enjoyed some success this winter in New York, things didn't click for him in Southern California, where he did not win a race. Terranova has shipped all but four of his California contingent back to New York.

Gander, the Meadowlands Cup winner; Heavyweight Champ, a talented 3-year-old; and stakes winners Silky Sweep and Shadow Caster are all tucked away in their Belmont Park barns and will be pointed to a spring campaign.

Gander finished seventh in the San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita last month, his third straight loss since winning the Meadowlands Cup.

"He never got in a groove out there, sort of like Florida last year," said Terranova, who last winter was stabled at Gulfstream, where Gander went 0 for 2. "He's always excelled when he's been able to train here at home. This is his place and he seems happy to be here."

Terranova said he does not have a race picked out for Gander, but is hoping to run him once at Aqueduct during the main track portion of the meet.

Heavyweight Champ, who finished third in the Grade 1 Champagne last October, hasn't run since finishing fifth in the Hollywood Prevue at Hollywood Park in mid-November. He came out of that race with a respiratory infection.

Terranova is pointing Heavyweight Champ to the Bay Shore, a seven-furlong, $150,000 race on April 13.

Silky Sweep, who finished last in the Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita on Jan. 27, is expected to make his next start in the Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct on March 16. Shadow Caster, who finished third in a pair of turf sprints at Santa Anita, will most likely be pointed to an allowance race on dirt. He has lost 14 straight races since upsetting the Forego Handicap at Saratoga in August 2000.

Sherm doubtful for Gotham

Sherm, the New York-bred 3-year-old who won his debut by 15 1/2 lengths on Jan. 30, suffered a minor setback and is unlikely to make the Gotham Stakes on March 17, trainer Gary Contessa said Tuesday.

"He got a little bit sick after he won; it was just a minor, minor setback," Contessa said. "The Gotham is really doubtful. You'll probably see him in an allowance race in March."

Kris Pit gets one more chance

Kris Pit, a 5-year-old mare owned by Rick Pitino's Ol Memorial Stable, will get one more chance to win a stakes before heading to the breeding shed when she runs in Monday's Grade 3, $100,000 Rare Treat Handicap.

Kris Pit has won 5 of 15 starts, but she has dropped her last four races, all in stakes company. In her last outing, Kris Pit finished a well-beaten fourth in the Grade 3 Ladies Handicap. Summer Colony, who won the Ladies, came back to win the La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday.