04/05/2002 12:00AM

Headley won't rush Raven


ARCADIA, Calif. - Raven Power may turn out to be the latest star sprinter for Bruce Headley, who trains Kona Gold and Kalookan Queen, but Headley was not anxious to try him on a national stage following an impressive win in an allowance race on Friday.

Raven Power won a $53,000 allowance race by four lengths, finishing 6 1/2 furlongs in a quick 1:15.11. It was the 3-year-old Raven Power's second win in four starts, following a maiden victory on Jan. 6 and losses in two allowance races, at a mile and 1 1/16 miles.

Headley said he would prefer to start Raven Power in another allowance race rather than race him in a stakes. That means Raven Power, who is owned by Frank Stronach, could make his stakes debut at the upcoming spring-summer meeting at Hollywood Park.

Headley said Raven Power may not be just a sprinter.

"All I'm doing now is allowing myself to dream," Headley said. "Everyone says that he's just a sprinter. He looks like a distance horse - he's big and long with a long stride. He's gorgeous. When he gets seasoning then we may try longer races."

The win on Friday suggested Raven Power has stakes potential. Sent off as the heavy favorite, Raven Power was tested by Without Bounds through fractions of 21.83 and 44.24 seconds before pulling away.

Tiger Trap retired with injury

Tiger Trap, who finished second in the Lawrence Realization Stakes at Belmont Park last October, has been retired after suffering an injury after a win in an allowance race on Thursday.

Making his 4-year-old debut, Tiger Trap ($4) ran 1 1/2 miles on turf in 2:25.96, winning by a length. He was quickly pulled up on the clubhouse turn by jockey Gary Stevens and vanned off.

According to Barry Irwin, the president of the Team Valor partnership that is a co-owner of Tiger Trap, the colt suffered a displaced condylar fracture of a foreleg. Surgery to install a plate and stabilize the leg was scheduled for Friday. Tiger Trap won 3 of 8 starts and $146,009.

"I don't think we'll see him at the racetrack again," Irwin said. "It's too bad. I don't know how good he was, but he was the best-looking horse we ever owned."

Met Mile next for Crafty C.T.

Crafty C.T., the winner of the 2001 San Rafael Stakes and an impressive winner last month of his only start of 2002, will be trained up to the $750,000 Metropolitan Mile Handicap at Belmont Park on May 27, trainer Howard Zucker said.

Since winning an allowance race at Santa Anita on March 2, Crafty C.T. has battled a quarter crack that cost him several days of training. Zucker had considered racing him in a stakes in April, but has dismissed that idea.

"He missed seven days of training," Zucker said. "I have a three-quarter shoe on him now and I'll put a full shoe on him in a week. He's galloping 1 1/2 miles now. He puts in a little burst now and then to keep himself fit.

"The way he came back, he showed me he wants to run fresh. If I run him now, I'll take the chance of knocking him out."

Former owner guilty of conspiracy

Ernest "Frank" Cossey, who aggressively jumped into horse racing as an owner in the late 1990's, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and one count of filing a false tax return earlier this week.

The charges carry a possible prison sentence of 57 to 71 months.

Cossey, of Diamond Bar, Calif., and Gary Williams, who pleaded guilty to a charge of preparing a false tax return for Cossey, raised $152 million in a Ponzi scheme in the late 1990's, according to a published report.

Some of the money went toward the purchase of racehorses, prosecutors said.

Most of Cossey's racehorse holdings were dispersed at Barretts in January 2001. The dispersal sold 40 horses for $2,082,500.

Cossey also owned a greyhound racing stable.

Tardiness costs apprentice

Apprentice jockey Kevin Krigger arrived in Southern California on Thursday, but was too late to ride his two booked mounts. Krigger, who finished tied for fifth in the standings at the recent Golden Gate Fields meeting, said he was delayed in traffic after leaving the San Francisco area at 5 a.m. on Thursday.

One of his mounts, Bonair Lake, won the sixth race with jockey Brice Blanc. Krigger, 19, is a five-pound apprentice.