12/13/2003 12:00AM

Bruises, no broken bones, for Krone


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Jockey Julie Krone was released from Centinela Hospital here early Saturday morning, a day after suffering upper-body injuries in a two-horse spill at Hollywood Park.

Krone sustained bruising to her upper chest and right shoulder, according to Dr. Steven Schwartz, the on-call orthopedist at Centinela. She did not have any fractures, he said.

Krone was off her mounts on Saturday and Sunday at Hollywood Park and on Saturday said her status was "day-to-day." She said she planned to confer with a private physician before announcing any further plans.

Krone and jockey David Nuesch were involved in the spill, which occurred in Friday's third race.

Krone was unseated when her mount, Clover Situation, was unable to avoid Skidoo, who broke down at the five-furlong pole of a race over 7 1/2 furlongs for $25,000 claimers. Skidoo, ridden by Nuesch, fell in front of Clover Situation.

Krone was treated on the racetrack and taken directly to Centinela.

Krone, 40, a member of racing's Hall of Fame, was the leading rider of the autumn Hollywood Park meeting through Friday. The world's leading female rider with 3,704 wins, Krone has won nine riding titles, the most recent of which came in 1993 at Gulfstream Park.

Friday's injury marks the second time this year that Krone has been sidelined because of a spill. She missed more than four months, from March to July, after suffering a back injury in a spill at Santa Anita on March 8.

The latest injury interrupts a successful second half of the year for Krone.

During the Del Mar meeting, she finished second in the standings to Patrick Valenzuela but won the meeting's richest race, the $980,000 Pacific Classic, on Candy Ride.

On Oct. 25 at Santa Anita, she became the first woman to ride a Breeders' Cup winner on the flatwhen Halfbridled won the $1 million Juvenile Fillies.

At this meeting, she had an outstanding Thanksgiving weekend, winning the $100,000 Vernon Underwood Stakes on Watchem Smokey, the $400,000 Citation Handicap on Redattore, and the $600,000 Hollywood Derby, the meeting's richest race, on the longshot Sweet Return.

Nuesch was off his mounts over the weekend, according to his agent, Scott Hansen. Nuesch was taken to Centinela for precautionary X-rays and released.

"He's a little banged up and sore," Hansen said. "He's got a bruised back and he'll take the weekend off. Hopefully, we'll be back up on Wednesday or Thursday if everything goes okay."

Skidoo, trained by Beau Greely, was euthanized on the racetrack. He was found to have a compound fracture to his right foreleg, track stewards said.

Clover Situation did not appear injured.

* Ryan Fogelsonger was off his mounts on Saturday after being shaken up when unseated from Likely Prospect shortly after the start of Friday's eighth race. Although X-rays revealed no broken bones, Fogelsonger was scheduled to visit an orthopedic surgeon on Saturday, according to his agent, Michelle Barsotti.