10/30/2001 12:00AM

Tiznow may be Kentucky-bound

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ARCADIA, Calif. - Tiznow may soon be on the road again. Depending on how well Tiznow bounces out of his second straight win in the Breeders' Cup Classic, trainer Jay Robbins said Tuesday he was in favor of another start this year for Tiznow, providing he returns from Belmont Park in good shape.

The Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup on Dec. 1 has been considered, but Robbins said the Grade 2 Clark Handicap on Nov. 23 at Churchill Downs may be preferred. "We know he handles that track, but it would require shipping again." The Turf Cup purse is $250,000; the purse for the Clark is $400,000.

Traveling does not bother Tiznow, who has won in California, Louisiana, Kentucky, and New York. He also thrives on competition. "He's the only horse I've ever had that I've felt guilty not running him more often, he enjoys it so much," Robbins said. Tiznow was scheduled to return to Santa Anita late Tuesday, and Robbins said it will be at least another week before plans are made for his next start.

"The drawback with not running him again this year is where do you start with him next year?," Robbins said. "It's going to be hard to back off him. When they're good, you're better off running than to constantly train."

Ultimately, it will be up to Tiznow.

"If he falls off like he did 10 days after the Breeders' Cup last year, then he's not going anywhere," Robbins said. "Last year, he looked great out of the race, then 10 days after he looked like he was a 2-year-old again."

Tiznow, who was one of the biggest surprises in the Breeders' Cup, could meet one of the biggest Breeders' Cup disappointments in the 1 1/8-mile Clark. Trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday that El Corredor, 12th-place finisher as the second wagering choice in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, will be pointed for the Clark.

"We'll have to see how he comes out of the Breeders' Cup, but that's the plan," Baffert said.

Baffert said all three of his Breeders' Cup starters - El Corredor, Officer, and Habibti - would return to the track on Wednesday. He said Officer came out of his race surprisingly well. "If I owned him, I'd run him back in the Cal Cup [on Saturday]," Baffert said. "He didn't do anything in the Breeders' Cup. He wasn't even tired." Officer will make his next start Dec. 15 in the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity. Habibti will be pointed for the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet on Dec. 16.

Godolphin string headed home

After running one-two in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with Tempera and Imperial Gesture, trainer Eoin Harty was making preparations to return the Godolphin 2-year-olds to their winter headquarters in Dubai.

Harty said he would have only three more starters - Janadel on Sunday in the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs, and two maidens this week at Santa Anita. The Godolphin string will enter a 30-day quarantine Monday at Fairplex Park in Pomona, and ship out in early December.

Headley still scratching his head

Trainer Bruce Headley remained puzzled Tuesday morning, three days after Kona Gold finished a lackluster seventh in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. "Either he didn't like the track, or he threw in a bad one, or he just got outrun. I don't know," Headley said.

"He only got beat four lengths, but it's like a mile when you think you're going to win." Headley said Kona Gold trotted well Sunday morning, and will be freshened up for a campaign that could resume next spring at Santa Anita.

* Queenie Belle, 10th-place finisher as the longest shot in the field in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, will make her next start Nov. 23 at Hollywood Park in the $100,000 Cat's Cradle Handicap for California-bred fillies and mares.

* Came Home was scheduled to return to the racetrack Wednesday, and could meet Officer and Siphonic in the Hollywood Futurity. Came Home finished seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile after disputing the early pace. "The important thing is the horse came out of the race fine," trainer Paco Gonzalez said. "I'm just going to jog him for a few days, then we'll see. The Futurity's not until December, that's plenty of time."