11/29/2007 12:00AM

Inner track up Who What Win's alley

EmailOZONE PARK, N.Y. - Though he's run well at Belmont and over Aqueduct's main track, Who What Win seems to really excel over the inner track. If that holds true Saturday, he'll be the horse to beat in the $75,000 Mellow Roll Stakes, run at a mile and 70 yards and restricted to New York-breds.

Without stakes winners Naughty New Yorker and Dr. V's Magic in the field, the Mellow Roll drew a competitive group of 11 statebreds, though the field will be limited to 10 starters. The Mellow Roll is a prep for the $75,000 Alex M. Robb Handicap on Dec. 30.

Who What Win, trained by John Terranova, has three wins and six seconds from nine career starts over the inner track. Last year here, he won back-to-back open-company allowance races, earning triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in each race.

"He likes Aqueduct, but maybe it was more the company he was keeping," Terranova said. "He likes the two turns and maybe he just got good at that time."

Who What Win had a little freshening over the summer and came back with solid races in the fall. In his first start off a seven-week layoff, he finished third to Naughty New Yorker in the General Douglas MacArthur Handicap. He then won the Sherpa Guide Stakes, before finishing second in the Empire Classic to Dr. V's Magic. Most recently, he finished fourth in the Grade 3 Stuyvesant Handicap after pressing the pace.

"I probably should have skipped it and gone straight here," Terranova said. "He came out of it fine, that's why we're bringing him back."

Who What Win is the co-highweight at 123 pounds along with Shuffling Maddnes, who was also a two-time winner over the inner track last winter. He has not won since finishing fifth to Brass Hat in the Massachusetts Handicap on Sept. 22.

Stunt Man has won his last two starts against statebreds and should get a favorable pace scenario, especially with stablemate Storm Boot Gold in the field.

Grade 1 winner Pool Land retired

Pool Land's comeback is over.

Following her sixth-place finish in the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap on Nov. 23, Pool Land has been retired, her connections announced Thursday. She will bred to 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy.

Pool Land, who won the Grade 1 Ruffian Handicap in 2006, was away from the races for 10 months following her ninth-place finish in that year's Breeders' Cup Distaff. She returned with a victory in the Beautiful Pleasure Stakes at Belmont on Sept. 26 before the Top Flight.

Phil Hronec, the racing manager for owner Eugene Melnyk, said Pool Land had some "nagging problems" that led to her retirement.

"She's about to turn 6 now and it's time not to tarnish her record," Hronec said. "It's more important to us to have an early foal in [2009] than it is to knock out a little more money."

Pool Land, a daughter of Silver Deputy, retires with 7 wins from 11 starts and earnings of $529,776. In addition to the Ruffian, she won the Grade 3 Baltimore Breeders' Cup Distaff and two listed stakes, the Doubledogdare and the Summer Colony.

Meanwhile, Hronec said that Bishop Court Hill, who finished sixth in the Fall Highweight Handicap, would remain in training and compete in New York this winter. Bishop Court Hill has shown an affinity for the inner track, having taken last year's Gravesend and Paumonok handicaps.

Benny the Bull to Sunshine Millions

Benny the Bull, winner of the Grade 1 Frank J. De Francis Dash last weekend at Laurel Park, has already been shipped to south Florida where he will prepare for the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint on Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said.

The Sunshine Millions, a brainchild of Magna Entertainment's Frank Stronach, pits California-breds against Florida-breds in a series of eight races, four at Gulfstream and four at Santa Anita. Magna owns both tracks. Benny the Bull is a Florida-bred.

Benny the Bull won the De Francis despite the fact that his rabbit, Holly Time, got left at the gate. Benny the Bull easily wore down Talent Search in the final sixteenth for the 1 1/4-length victory.

"It would have been so much easier on Benny if that horse would have broke good," Dutrow said. "Benny just seems to be getting better and better as time goes by. It wasn't a tough race; the rest of the field wasn't very good. I'm not going to get too excited about his last race, he was not in with a whole lot."

Dutrow said that Breeders' Cup Mile winner Kip Deville is also in south Florida and will be pointed to the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland in April. The Maker's Mark, which Kip Deville won last year, was upgraded to a Grade 1 for 2008.

Dutrow also said that Ice Cool Kitty, winner of Sunday's Montauk Handicap, has been sent to the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., for a precautionary checkup.

"It's just a luxury that we have, it's not necessary," Dutrow said. "She didn't win like she was supposed to, and her last two races have been dull, so we'll try to find out what it is. I can't see it, but I can smell it."

Now a Victor to get a break

With limited options this winter and high hopes for later next year, the connections of Discovery Handicap winner Now a Victor said the horse will get a brief vacation and won't race for the next 60 to 90 days.

"To keep pushing and have so limited choices and have to travel, and he's been at it hard for nine or 10 months now, this might be the time to give him a break," Trombetta said.

Now a Victor, who only made his debut in late August at Saratoga, has won 3 of 4 starts and was beaten a neck in his only loss, the Grade 3 Pegasus Handicap.

NYRA, Keeneland launch film project

The New York Racing Association and the Keeneland Association are collaborating on a project to preserve NYRA's extensive film and video archives, which span more than 100 years of racing.

As part of Keeneland's "Racing Through Time" project, members of Keeneland's Broadcast Services department recently visited Aqueduct to catalog and transport 858 film reels to Scene Savers, the archival division of PPS Group, a conversion facility in Cincinnati.

According to a press release, the archives include film that Thomas Edison shot in 1905 on opening day of the new Belmont Park, footage of the Triple Crown winners, rare race footage of such legends as Kelso, Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian, and filmed and taped features on the great horses, trainers, and jockeys who raced in New York.

"NYRA's film archive is one of the most significant collections of Thoroughbred racing footage in the world," said Nick Nicholson, Keeneland president and CEO. "We are very excited to assist them in preserving such an important piece of history."

Said NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward: "With so much racing history made on New York tracks, it's vital that we safeguard the irreplaceable record of our great sport contained in NYRA's film and video archive. We are so pleased to partner with Keeneland on this vital project."