Updated on 09/18/2011 2:46AM

Sports Town learning on job


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Trainer John Terranova likens the impressive maiden winner Sports Town to a physically gifted athlete who is still learning what to do with his talent. How quickly Sports Town figures things out could determine how much fun Terranova and his owners will have with him as a 3-year-old colt in 2007.

Sports Town will take another step in his education Wednesday, when he faces winners for the first time in a first-level allowance race at Aqueduct. The six-furlong race, which also carries an optional claiming price of $100,000, is the featured event on a nine-race card as racing resumes on this circuit following a nine-day holiday break.

In his second career start, Sports Town won a six-furlong maiden race by 4 3/4 lengths on Nov. 25 over Aqueduct's main track. On a surface that was yielding quick times all day, Sports Town ran six furlongs in 1:09.26 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 84. Sports Town had finished third to the highly regarded Blue Sky God in his debut.

Sports Town, a son of Belong to Me whom Sovereign Stable purchased for $150,000 out of the Ocala Breeders' Sales April 2-year-old in training auction, made his debut in blinkers, but Terranova removed them for his second start.

"He had them on early on through the summer," Terranova said. "We wanted him to focus on what he was doing. I don't think he really needed them. It was more of a tool to get him started in the right direction. [The first race] was a whole new experience for him, and he was more curious what was going on around him. He really moved forward in his next start. He's got ability, he just needs practice. He can really run. He needs to know how to use his ability the right way."

There are a number of intriguing runners in this nine-horse field. Anthony Dutrow sends out both Cash Rich and Serious Fever. Cash Rich has won two races and finished second or third in two minor stakes. Serious Fever has not raced since winning a maiden race by a neck at Delaware Park on Nov. 6.

No Mine for Me has won three in a row, including a restricted stakes at Philadelphia Park. Trainer Michael Pino claimed him from Graham Motion for $50,000 in October at Delaware. No Mine for Me figures to be part of a hot early pace.

Unwritten has won both of his starts, including one at this same condition Dec. 2. A Jersey-bred colt trained by Tim Hills, Unwritten is being offered for the $100,000 and gets the services of the red-hot Chuck Lopez.