11/01/2004 12:00AM

Seabiscuit silks in winner's circle


SAN MATEO, Calif. - One of the interesting stories at Bay Meadows last summer was the return of the Charles Howard racing silks of Seabiscuit fame. They were worn by Chief Truckee, who is owned by Howard's great grandson Kittridge Collins.

A 2-year-old homebred, Chief Truckee is winless in seven starts. On Sunday, his full brother Makalapua - also owned in part by Collins - won his maiden against winners in a $32,000 starter allowance race at Bay Meadows, marking the first time in more than a decade that the Howard silks had graced the winner's circle.

Collins missed Makalapua's race to celebrate his son's birthday, but his partners, Dane Skutt and John Corda, did plenty of celebrating with trainer Doug Utley.

"It's a lot of fun when you get guys who just got into the business in the winner's circle for the first time," said Utley, whose stallion Makaleha sired both Chief Truckee and Makalapua.

"It's the best fun I've ever had," Corda said.

Skutt and Collins have been friends for more than 30 years. Said Skutt of Collins: "He'd gotten out of racing, but I said it was part of his heritage and that if he ever got back in, I wanted to be his partner."

Collins was given the mare Emily Lynn, dam of Makalapua and Chief Truckee, by Jack Utley (no relation to Doug), who had been the trainer for Collins's mother, Mymy Howard. Collins joked last summer that Emily Lynn was so mean, she had to be separated from her first foal.

That foal suffered an injury before his first start and was turned into a show horse. Emily Lynn is in foal again to Makaleha.

Skutt, who lives in the Lake Tahoe area, got to name Chief Truckee. Collins, who grew up in Hawaii, named Makalapua. Corda, who lives in Tahoe City, will name the new foal and said he will use Tahoe somewhere in the name.

Locals familiar with Singletary

Singletary's victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile was a popular one at Bay Meadows, where he had won the San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile in April.

He was the sixth horse to run in northern California and win a Breeders' Cup race in the same year.

Wild Again, winner of the first Classic in 1984, was third in a turf allowance race at Bay Meadows, which was his final prep for the Classic. Great Communicator, the 1988 Turf winner, won the Golden Gate Handicap that year.

Two Sprint winners ran in northern California: 1993 winner Cardmania, second in the Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap, and 1995 winner Desert Stormer, who won the Camilla Urso at Golden Gate Fields.

Silic won the 1999 Breeders' Cup Mile after finishing fourth in the San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile behind Tuzla, the mare he beat by a neck in the Breeders' Cup.

Trainer Donald Chatlos said Singletary would run in the San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile next spring.

A slew of rider suspensions

Jockey Jason Lumpkins drew a five-day suspension this week after he was disqualified aboard Magic Flight in an Oct. 24 race. Lumpkins will be able to ride Kingdom Come in the Bay Meadows Derby because that is a designated race.

Jockey Mario Cisneros is suspended three days, Nov. 3-5, for causing interference aboard Gramar Love in an Oct. 28 race.

Leading rider Russell Baze may also miss some time if he is suspended after True Dancer was disqualified from second to seventh in Sunday's Pacifica Handicap.

Trainer Keith Didio was suspended 15 days, Oct. 30 through Nov. 13, for violation of California Horse Racing Board Rule 1890 - possession of contraband needle and syringe - on the grounds of the Alameda County Fairgrounds on July 11, 2004.

Ideal conditions for Nosy Tanikely

Wednesday's nominal feature comes in the first race, in which six 3-year-old fillies meet in a $25,000 claimer at six furlongs.

Nosy Tanikely, who bolted on the first turn in a turf route, returns to her best distance and to the claiming ranks and should be flying late from off the pace against fellow dropper Zak's Precocious, who makes her third start off a 10-month layoff.

* Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Bay Meadows Derby at 1 1/8 miles on the turf has five to seven likely entrants. Connections for Congressionalhonor, Kingdom Come, On the Acorn, Rhythm King, and Whilly plan to run, and both Talaris and Terroplane seem likely.