06/10/2002 11:00PM

Tricky Indy capable of repeat

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - B. Wayne Hughes returned to the Kentucky Derby this year hoping to win the race before the Derby - just like he did in 1998, when his Joyeux Danseur romped to victory in the Early Times Turf Classic.

But although Climate, competing in Hughes's orange-and-purple silks, beat a steady fade as Beat Hollow captured the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (formerly the Early Times), the afternoon wasn't a total loss for Hughes: He watched happily as Tricky Indy won the last race of the Derby Day card, crushing entry-level allowance rivals under Pat Day.

In the eighth race Thursday at Churchill, Tricky Indy will make her first start since Derby Day for Hughes, a public-storage tycoon who lives in Southern California, in a two-other-than sprint, one of three allowances on the 10-race card. With Day taking a return call from trainer Al Stall Jr., Tricky Indy figures as the one to beat among a field of eight fillies and mares.

In the other allowances, the speedy gelding Mighty Beau makes his first start since having been privately purchased by owner Mike Cloonan in a five-furlong turf dash, and Day gets the call from trainer Elliott Walden aboard Majority Whip in a high-end filly-mare sprint.

First post is 3:10 p.m.

Trainer Borel relocates to Louisiana

Trainer Cecil Borel left Churchill last week to return to his home in Shreveport, La., where he will train at Louisiana Downs. Hal Wiggins has taken over the training of most of Borel's eight Churchill horses.

Borel, the older brother of jockey Calvin Borel, had made Churchill his primary base for the last several years.

Chamrousse will await CCA

Chamrousse, winner of the May 17 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, probably will not make her next start until the July 20 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont, said trainer Niall O'Callaghan.

"She's the type of filly who can relax and hopefully get the mile and a half," said O'Callaghan.

- Jockey Tony D'Amico is scheduled to return to riding Friday, said agent T.V. Kegel. D'Amico has been sidelined since having suffered a small fracture in his back in a June 1 spill.

- If form holds, Dale Romans will capture a Churchill training title for the third straight spring. Romans, whose 17 victories through Sunday was six more than his closest pursuers (Tom Amoss, Bill Mott, and Dallas Stewart), won the 2000 spring title outright and tied Bernie Flint last spring.

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