06/17/2001 11:00PM

Derby wannabe returns

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - More than six weeks after his connections hoped he would carry their far-fetched

hopes in the 127th Kentucky Derby, Tincin is scheduled to make his return to Churchill Downs.

Tincin, based at Ellis Park, is entered in the fourth race Wednesday, a $50,000 maiden-claiming race at 6 1/2 furlongs.

A Discover colt, Tincin worked at Churchill a week before the Derby, but owner Bill Clements and trainer Steve LaRue withdrew him two days later, ostensibly because of a cough.

In the meantime, Tincin was the subject of a raging controversy about whether a horse of such minor accomplishment should be allowed to compete in the Derby.

As a loser of all seven career starts, Tincin began his career at Churchill last fall, losing two maiden-special races by a combined

32 lengths. Wednesday will be his debut for a claiming tag. Ten others will oppose him.

Breakdown feet before wire

An unusual disqualification following a gruesome breakdown resulted Sunday when Frisco Bay, the odds-on favorite in the fourth race, fell several feet before the finish line, suffering a fatal injury to his right foreleg.

With Donnie Meche riding for owner-breeder Overbrook Farm and trainer D. Wayne Lukas, Frisco Bay appeared en route to a narrow victory over Red Antics when he suddenly broke down.

Meche came out of the irons and fell hard to the ground, with the photo-finish camera clearly showing that Meche had been unable to stay aboard the colt. Meche was knocked momentarily unconscious but was otherwise uninjured.

While Red Antics narrowly beat Frisco Bay to the finish line, the official ruling from the stewards was that Frisco Bay did not carry the correct weight. So, instead of finishing second, the colt was placed last.

Frisco Bay, a 3-year-old maiden colt by Mr. Prospector out of Harbor Springs, was euthanized on the turf course.

Meche was a substitute rider for Pat Day, who only a half-hour earlier had taken off all mounts for the remainder of the Sunday card because of illness.

* Stakes winners Ever After and Good Game head the Wednesday feature, a $58,500 allowance for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf. A field of six is entered in the ninth of 10 races. There is no carryover in the pick six for Wednesday, when twilight first post is 3 p.m. Eastern.

* Unshaded, fifth as the second choice in Saturday's Stephen Foster Handicap, will make his next start in the July 1 Suburban Handicap, said trainer Carl Nafzger.