07/10/2003 11:00PM

Krone hits board in return ride


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone launched a comeback at Hollywood Park on Thursday with a second-place finish in a maiden race on turf, her first mount since suffering a back injury at Santa Anita in March.

After having her lone mount on Wednesday and her first mount on Thursday scratch, Krone returned aboard Musical Review, who was sent off at 7-1.

Ian Jory trains Musical Review. Last March, Krone was aboard a horse trained by Jory when she was unseated at the start of a hillside turf race. Krone suffered two broken bones in her lower back and two compression fractures of vertebrae. The injuries did not require surgery.

Krone resumed exercising horses in late June and said she was excited about Thursday's comeback.

"I had butterflies in the paddock," she said.

Musical Review was eighth for the first half of the race and launched a wide rally on the final turn. "I was riding at the three-eighths pole," Krone said. "I said, 'You've got to hit the board.' "

Musical Review rallied through the stretch to finish a length behind Bonnie Brighton.

Despite riding only half of the Santa Anita meeting, Krone finished 10th in the standings. Last November, she came out of retirement after a break of 3 1/2 years.

Sunday, Krone has two mounts at Hollywood Park. In the seventh race, she rides Vowel Play, who is making his start for trainer Sean McCarthy since being claimed for $16,000 on June 11.

In the 10th race, a maiden race on turf, she rides Makam for trainer Vladimir Cerin. Makam has been second in her last two starts on turf.

Not many obvious singles

For the second time in as many weekends, Hollywood Park is offering a guaranteed pick six pool of $1 million on Sunday.

On July 5, a program that featured the $750,000 American Oaks, the pool reached $1,078,631.

Sunday's pick six covers the fifth through 10th races. There are three races on turf and three on dirt. The fifth race is the only sprint, run over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf.

Run for $35,000 to $40,000 claimers, the fifth race has nine runners, including the speedy Stocks Are Rising, who won a $32,000 claimer on dirt at Bay Meadows on June 15, and Pachara, third in his last two starts but winless in nine starts since arriving from England.

Deploy Venture, second in a turf sprint at Santa Anita in April, will attract support even though he is winless since the Grade 3 Golden Gate Handicap in June 2000.

The sixth race is the $400,000 Swaps Stakes for 3-year-olds. Ten Most Wanted, the runner-up to Empire Maker in the Belmont Stakes on June 7, will be a strong favorite as an entry with Logician. Of the other five entrants, Eye of the Tiger, who won the Affirmed Handicap June 22, deserves respect.

The seventh race is run over 1 1/16 miles for $18,000 to $20,000 claimers. Of the eight runners, three are making their first start for new stables - Angela'stoughwater, Jekyll and Hyde, and Vowel Play.

Angela'stoughwater was third in a $16,000 claimer over seven furlongs on June 21, the day he was claimed by Mike Mitchell from Jack Carava's stable. Mitchell has a strong record with first-time claims. Furthermore, Angela'stoughwater will be ridden by leading jockey Patrick Valenzuela.

There is a full field in the eighth race, a starter allowance over 1 1/16 miles on turf. The probable favorite is Sea Harbor, who finished a close fourth against $35,000 claimers in a one-mile turf race on June 22.

Soldiers Quest and Beckham are making their turf debut, having been second and third in a similar race on dirt on June 18.

The ninth race is the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup. Congaree is seeking his fourth stakes win of the year, but must hold off the stalker Harlan's Holiday and the closers Kudos and Piensa Sonando.

The final race is run over 1 1/8 miles on turf for maidens. Even though there are 11 entrants, there is a standout. Caroca, a troubled sixth in her debut on June 21, will be a short price to score her first win. Trained by Laura de Seroux, Caroca rallied from 10th to miss by 3 1/4 lengths in her debut despite being blocked in the stretch.

Sunset tops final week

After Sunday's Gold Cup program, there is only one week remaining at the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting. The final weekend of the meeting includes three stakes, led by the $150,000 Sunset Handicap over 1 1/2 miles on turf.

Continental Red, the winner of the Quicken Tree Stakes for California-breds last month, makes his second consecutive start in the Grade 2 Sunset. Last year, he finished second by a head.

The Sunset field is expected to include Asong for Billy, Cagney, Nazirali, Puerto Banus, and Tifonica.

Saturday's program features two stakes - the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship for 2-year-olds and the $75,000 Valkyr Handicap, a restricted race run over a mile on turf for California-bred fillies and mares.

The Juvenile is run at six furlongs and drew just nine nominees. The top candidates include Alpenfest, the winner of the Willard Proctor Stakes on May 18, and Ruler's Court, an impressive maiden winner on June 11. Ruler's Court races for Darley Stud Management and trainer Eoin Harty.

Castling, trained by Bill Currin, will attempt to defend her title in the Valkyr.

Del Mar opens on July 23.

Gomez released on bail

Jockey Garrett Gomez, who was arrested on drug related charges in Temecula, Calif., on July 3, was released from the Southwest Detention Center in that city on Friday morning after posting $20,000 bail.

Gomez, 35, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being under the influence of a controlled substance. In addition, a bench warrant had been issued for his arrest in Pasadena in early July for a separate charge.

Gomez, a winner of more than 2,000 races who has not ridden since last fall, is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Temecula on July 16.