11/02/2004 12:00AM

Musical Chimes will try Matriarch


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - It would not have been a Breeders' Cup without trouble, and the filly Musical Chimes had one of the day's worst trips while finishing sixth in the BC Mile at Lone Star. By Tuesday morning, the 4-year-old Musical Chimes had already returned to Hollywood Park and was bucking and playing while being ponied on the training track. She acted as if she had not even run.

"She came out of the race well, of course, because she only ran half a furlong," said her frustrated trainer, Neil Drysdale.

Musical Chimes was blocked much of the final three furlongs, but still was beaten only 3 1/4 lengths. Drysdale said Musical Chimes will run back Nov. 28 in the Grade 1 Matriarch at a mile on turf.

Drysdale said that 8-year-old gelding Sarafan "banged himself" and needs a few weeks' rest before he returns. Sarafan finished second in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch in his most recent start.

Wilko may run in Futurity

BC Juvenile upsetter Wilko is being considered for the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 18. Wilko arrived early Sunday at the Hollywood Park barn of his new trainer, Craig Dollase, who said he and majority owner J. Paul Reddam have discussed running Wilko back in the Futurity.

"If we're going to be going for the Eclipse, that [race] definitely has been brought up," Dollase said.

The trainer said Wilko's status for the Futurity will depend on how he trains in the coming weeks; the 2-year-old was making his 11th start of the season in the Juvenile. Dollase said early indications are that Wilko looks healthy.

Elloluv, who finished seventh in the BC Distaff for Dollase and Reddam, has been shipped to Kentucky and entered in a November sale. A 4-year-old filly who won five races and $1.2 million from 16 starts, Elloluv's future will be determined by her new owner. Winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet and Grade 1 Ashland, Elloluv won four of her first seven starts, then one of her last 10.

'Recruit' targets Underwood

Our New Recruit survived his 12th -place finish in the BC Sprint without injury, and could resurface Dec. 5 in the Grade 2 Vernon O. Underwood at six furlongs.

"We're okay," trainer John Sadler said after viewing X-rays. "I think he kind of wrenched his ankle, so we're ecstatic to say the least."

Sadler was worried early in the week that Our New Recruit sustained a serious injury when he steadied repeatedly in the early going. Our New Recruit won a $2 million race in Dubai in March, and would be one of the favorites in the Underwood. He finished second in the race last year.

Lobo stumps for Pico Central

Pico Central remains on target for the Grade 1 Cigar Mile on Nov. 27 at Aqueduct, and the way trainer Paulo Lobo sees it, a win would clinch the Eclipse for champion sprinter. Already this year, Pico Central won graded stakes in California and New York, and he drilled BC Sprint winner Speightstown the only time they met.

"What else does [Pico Central] have to prove?" Lobo asked rhetorically on Tuesday morning at Hollywood Park. "We ran both coasts, [Speightstown] never came here."

Pico Central and Speightstown each has five wins and a third this year from six starts; a win in the Cigar Mile would make Pico Central the most accomplished one-turn horse in the country.

Win or lose, Lobo said that Pico Central would run next year at 5. His long-range goal would include a defense of the Met Mile. That also is the race to which Ghostzapper is being pointed.

Richard Chew, former trainer, dies

Longtime trainer Richard Chew, father of trainer Matt Chew and a California horseman for nearly five decades, died Oct. 29 at age 72 at his home in Bonsall, Calif., after a battle with cancer.

Born in South Jamesport, N.Y., Chew became a jockey at age 18 in Canada. He entered the Marine Corps and served in Korea, and began training after his military service.

Chew's stakes winners, includes Del Mar Derby winner Hasty Trip, California Oaks winner Tea Axe, and Cinderella Stakes winner Lulu Torch. While he raced often in northern California, he preferred Santa Anita.

One of Mr. Chew's favorite expressions was, "If you're not at Santa Anita, you're camping out."