03/09/2007 12:00AM

Sports Town eyes Plan B


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Had everything gone according to plan, Sports Town probably would have run in Saturday's Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. But when Sports Town came out of his third-place finish in last month's Whirlaway Stakes with an illness, trainer John Terranova had to revise his plan.

With Sports Town now seemingly over his infirmities, the talented 3-year-old colt is back on the work tab, and Terranova is hoping to make it to the Grade 2, $500,000 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park on March 24.

According to Terranova, Sports Town missed several days of training following the Whirlaway. He resumed breezing on Marcho1, working four furlongs in an easy 51.10 seconds. Sports Town came back last Tuesday and went a strong five furlongs in 1:00.17 over the Belmont training track. It was the fastest of 16 moves at the distance.

"He worked back awesome," said Terranova, who had another work scheduled for the Sports Town on Sunday.

Terranova said the Rebel March 17 at Oaklawn is an option for Sports Town, "but we're definitely leaning toward Turfway."

"I think he'll handle the Polytrack okay," he said.

Sports Town, a son of Belong to Me, has always been an impressive horse to watch train. After finishing third in his debut, he won two straight sprint races before stretching out around two turns in the Whirlaway. In that race, Sports Town dueled outside of Summer Doldrums until midstretch, when Summer Doldrums began to pull away. Sir Whimsey caught Sports Town in the final strides to be second. The race came up very fast from a speed-figure standpoint, with Sports Town getting a career-best 95 Beyer Speed Figure.

Terranova said that if Sports Town runs well in the Lane's End, he could come back in the Blue Grass at Keeneland on April 14.

Who What Win heading to Chicago?

Terranova is also considering out-of-town stakes opportunities for Who What Win, the 4-year-old New York-bred gelding who won an open-company second-level allowance race by 5 1/4 lengths on Wednesday. He earned a 103 Beyer, the second straight race in which he earned a triple-digit Beyer.

Among the races Terranova is considering for Who What Win is the $250,000 National Jockey Club Handicap at Hawthorne on April 21. The 1 1/8-mile race is a Grade 3 that typically doesn't draw the upper echelon handicap horses.

Terranova would also consider the Grade 3, $200,000 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap here on April 7, but that could be the next spot for Gulfstream Park Handicap winner Corinthian.

Who What Win, a son of Dance Brightly, has 5 wins and 7 seconds from 14 starts, and has really hit stride since returning from a six-month layoff in the fall.

"He's 4 now," Terranova said. "He's bigger, stronger has matured physically and mentally, has put it all together. This horse, the last two times, he's really, really stepped it up."

Karakorum Starlet returns Sunday

Just when Karakorum Starlet was getting good, she had to go to the sidelines with an injury. The 4-year-old New York-bred filly is set to return in Sunday's nominal feature, a $45,000 second-level open-company allowance race at six furlongs.

A daughter of Skip Away, Karakorum Starlet went 3 for 4 last spring and summer in New York-bred competition. Her three victories came by a total of 25 1/2 lengths.

After she won a statebred second-level allowance on July 20, Karakorum Starlet was being pointed to the Saratoga Dew Stakes at Saratoga in late August. But she had a recurrence of a previous injury that forced trainer Jeff Odintz to stop on her.

"I just had to give her time," Odintz said.

"She's ready to run, she's doing good. Hopefully, she'll be a good horse for me this year."

Odintz said he would prefer to run Karakorum Starlet seven furlongs or a mile, but with the inner-track meet still going, he is stuck running her six furlongs.

"I have no choice; I got her ready to run now," Odintz said.

Spenny, who is 3 for 5 over the inner track, steps up to the $75,000 level after winning a $50,000 claimer authoritatively. Short Fuse Tara, who is 2 for 4 over the inner oval, also steps up off a win for $50,000.

Landofopportunity wins

Landofopportunity, with Eddie Martin Jr. up, slipped through an opening along the rail in midstretch and drew off to a 1 3/4-length victory over the pace-setting Golden Dreamer to win Friday's $67,500 Appealing Guy Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-olds. Golden Dreamer, the lone filly in the field and the even-money favorite, held second by 3 1/2 lengths over third-place Five Towns.

Landofopportunity, a 3-year-old gelded son of American Chance, won for the third time in 11 career starts. He is trained by John Hertler and owned by Merrylegs Farm. He covered six furlongs in 1:10.10 and returned $14.40 as the third choice.