01/10/2008 12:00AM

Who What Win injured, euthanized


ELMONT, N.Y. - Who What Win, a multiple stakes-winning New York-bred, had to be euthanized following his fifth-place finish in the Alex M. Robb Handicap here on Dec. 30, his connections said Thursday.

According to Tonja Terranova, trainer John Terranova's wife and assistant, Who What Win pulled all the ligaments in his right foreleg while pulling up after the wire in the Robb, in which he was beaten six lengths by Naughty New Yorker. Terranova said that all but one of his suspensory ligaments were torn.

Terranova said that owners Mike and Ted Gatsas had hoped to save Who What Win, and sent the horse to Dr. Alan Nixon at Cornell University, but the horse could not be saved.

"We sent him up there hoping to fuse everything, but once they laid him on the table there was no way," Terranova said. "The blood supply to the foot was severely compromised. Mike wanted to save him and hoped he would be Gander's paddock buddy."

Gander is the millionaire New York-bred gelding that the Gatsases owned and the Terranovas trained in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Last summer, the Terranovas and the Gatsas family had to put down their talented stakes-winning sprinter Sports Town.

"I feel really bad for Mike and Teddy," Terranova said. "They deserve to have a good horse."

Who What Win, a 5-year-old gelded son of Dance Brightly, complied a record of 7-9-1 from 23 lifetime starts and banked $382,445. He won the Mellow Roll and Sherpa Guide Stakes and finished second in last October's Empire Classic.

Wow Me Free to await Rare Treat

Wow Me Free, winner of the Ladies Handicap on Dec. 15, would have looked pretty salty in Saturday's Affectionately Handicap. But her connections opted to skip the race and instead point to the Rare Treat Handicap on Feb. 23. The Rare Treat is run at 1 1/8 miles, a sixteenth of a mile farther than the Affectionately.

"She's doing very well, but just timing-wise we want to wait for the Rare Treat," said Art Magnusson, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "The Next Move is the main goal."

Magnusson was referring to the Grade 3, $100,000 Next Move Handicap scheduled for March 29. The fact that the Next Move is graded makes it attractive since Wow Me Free has yet to win a graded stakes.

Joey P. out indefinitely

Joey P., the talented New Jersey-bred sprinter who finished second in the Grade 3 Gravesend Handicap on Dec. 29, suffered a foot injury during that race and will be sidelined indefinitely, trainer Ben Perkins Jr. said.

Joey P. stumbled at the start of the Gravesend and ripped off part his left front hoof, according to Perkins. "He did it right out of the gate and he still ran a game race," Perkins said.

Perkins said Joey P. would be out of training for at least a month and will probably be pointed to a return during the Monmouth Park meet that begins in May.

Joey P.'s second-place finish in the Gravesend pushed his career earnings to $701,918.

Wonderwho'sbest aims for Busanda

Though all of her success thus far has come on the turf, Wonderwho's-best will be switched to the dirt for Sunday's $75,000 Busanda Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Trainer Bruce Levine claimed Wonderwho'sbest for $50,000 out of a winning effort in a maiden turf race at the Meadowlands. Levine ran Wonderwho'sbest twice on turf, and she finished fourth in an overnight stakes at Belmont in October and won a first-level allowance race at Aqueduct in November.

Levine said he has been pleased with the filly's training on dirt and believes it's definitely worth taking a shot on that surface, especially in a two-turn race. The Busanda is run at a mile and 70 yards.

"Her dirt races are more than okay," Levine said. "All her longer races have been on turf. I know she wants to go long. If she doesn't dirt, I'll kick her out until the spring."

Levine said he really liked the way Wonderwho'sbest finished in a five-furlong workout that was timed in 1:02.63.

"She breezed good the other day," Levine said. "She came home like a good thing, her last three-eighths in 36-and-change, and she was reaching."

Levine already has succeeded once this meet in moving a horse from turf to dirt. On Dec. 26, Beau Dare won a third-level allowance race on dirt by 3 1/4 lengths after making several consecutive starts on the grass. She could run next in the Correction Handicap on Feb. 9.

Levine said Alan Garcia would ride Wonderwho'sbest in the Busanda. Others pointing to the race include D J Lightning, La Porta, Paint Me Red, and Sumptuous.

Correction next for Golden Dawn

Golden Dawn, an impressive six-length winner of Wednesday's $68,450 Fiesta Lady Stakes, will likely make her next start in the $75,000 Correction Stakes here on Feb. 9.

"It seems like that makes sense," trainer Mike Hushion said. "Thirty-one days between races will be about right."

Golden Dawn, a daughter of Hennessy, was very sharp winning the Fiesta Lady. Under Channing Hill, Golden Dawn stalked pacesetting favorite Ticket to Seattle through fractions of 22.27 seconds and 45.45 before taking command in upper stretch. Golden Dawn widened her advantage under a vigorous hand ride from Hill while covering six furlongs in 1:09.96. She earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 96.

"I thought it was big," said Hushion, whose filly was coming off a third-place finish in the Raise Heck Stakes. "I thought she'd improve off the last race, but I didn't know she'd improve like that."

Two straight races end in DQs

The stewards were busy on Thursday, making disqualifications in back-to-back races. In the fifth, the stewards disqualified Rodando from second and placed her sixth. Ridden by apprentice Angel Arroyo, Rodando veered in during the stretch run and interfered with several horses.

In the sixth, the stewards disqualified first-time starter Please Impress from first. Under apprentice Aldo Arboleda, Please Impress interfered with Tuffend en route to a 5 1/2-length victory. Please Impress was placed second.

Both Arroyo and Arboleda will likely receive suspensions for careless riding.