12/12/2003 12:00AM

Krone injured in two-horse spill


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Jockeys Julie Krone and David Nuesch were hospitalized Friday after being involved in a two-horse spill in the third race at Hollywood Park.

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

Skidoo, ridden by David Nuesch, fell in front of Clover Situation.

Krone was treated on the racetrack for six minutes, and was talking to ambulance personnel, before being taken to nearby Centinela Hospital. In a tape of the incident shown on TVG, Krone appeared to be moving her arms and legs.

She was undergoing X-rays 90 minutes after the accident.

Nuesch was unseated from his mount. He rose to his feet shortly after the accident but was taken to Centinela for precautionary X-rays, according to his agent, Scott Hansen.

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 was uninjured.

Krone, 40, a member of racing's Hall of Fame, was the leading rider of the autumn Hollywood meeting through Thursday.

The injury comes after a successful second half of the year for Krone. She missed more than four months, from March to July, after suffering a back injury in a spill at Santa Anita on March 8.

During the Del Mar meeting, she finished second in the standings to Patrick Valenzuela. On Oct. 25 at Santa Anita, she became the first woman to ride a winner in a Breeders' Cup race when Halfbridled won the $1 million Juvenile Fillies.

Stevens gets mount for Futurity

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who was scheduled to return to riding at Hollywood on Saturday, will ride That's an Outrage in the Hollywood Futurity next Saturday.

Stevens has not ridden since the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita in late October, citing lingering neck pain from a spill at Arlington Park in August. He resumed exercising horses in early December and is booked to ride two horses on Sunday.

"I'm ready," he said. "The reception has been very good."

That's an Outrage finished seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, his stakes debut and seventh career start. Sent off at 47-1, That's an Outrage finished 16 1/2 lengths behind race winner Action This Day. He is trained by Mike Puhich.

Stevens rode That's an Outrage to a fourth-place finish in a maiden special weight race won by Action This Day on Sept. 28. He was not aboard for the colt's subsequent maiden win or the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

The Futurity will not have a large field. The probables include Lion Heart, the winner of the Hollywood Prevue Stakes, as well as Mambo Train, Quiet Cash, St. Averil, and Saint Afleet. Lion Heart, trained by Patrick Biancone, will be favored.

Stevens said that he and his agent, Craig O'Bryan, campaigned for Puhich to start That's an Outrage in the Futurity after watching him work three furlongs in 34 seconds on Tuesday.

At the time, That's an Outrage was under consideration for Saturday's Gold Rush at Golden Gate Fields.

Next Sunday's Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet for 2-year-old fillies is led by the winners of two stakes in November - House of Fortune (California Cup Juvenile Fillies) and Victory U. S. A. (Moccasin Stakes). The other candidates are Dixie High, Hollywood Story, Rings and Things, Rahy's Dolly, and perhaps Silent Sighs and Wildwood Flower.

Next Saturday's program also includes the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf. A Grade 2 race for fillies and mares, the Dahlia will include Adalgisa, Betty's Wish, Blind Ambition, Garden in the Rain, Hoh Buzzard, Magic Mission, Moscow Burning, Personal Legend, and Petionville Indeed.

Ghostzapper, Wild Spirit start anew

Ghostzapper and Wild Spirit, two highly regarded Bobby Frankel-trained runners who skipped the Breeders' Cup, returned to the track for training this week after being given a brief vacation.

Ghostzapper won the Vosburgh at Belmont Park in October, but was kept out of the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Frankel said Ghostzapper will likely have a campaign next year similar to that of Aldebaran this year. Frankel said the Carter Handicap at Aqueduct, Churchill Downs Handicap in Kentucky, and Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park were early goals in 2004.

Wild Spirit would have had to be supplemented to the Breeders' Cup Distaff, but Frankel convinced the owners of the South American import to not pay the stiff fee. As with Ghostzapper, she will not race again until the spring.

"She'll probably come back at Churchill Downs or Belmont Park," Frankel said. "I don't know if Santa Anita suits her style of running, or Ghostzapper's. And there's so much more money for fillies and mares later in the year."

Illness hits horse population

As if Southern California did not have enough trouble filling races, the exercise might get a little more difficult in coming weeks because some horses in the stable areas at Hollywood and Santa Anita have taken ill.

"You can hear them coming off the track coughing," said trainer Don Chatlos.

"About 10 percent of my horses are sick," said Frankel. "They have a temperature and a cough."

Frankel said that Etoile Montante, who was favored in the Matriarch Stakes, was ill. So too was the European import Intercontinental, but she went back to the track on Thursday and still has an outside shot, according to Frankel, of making Santa Anita's Monrovia Handicap on Dec. 29.

P. Val still ailing

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela was off his mounts because of flu for a third consecutive day on Friday and may not ride again until Sunday, according to his agent, Nick Cosato.

Valenzuela has won riding titles this year at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting, Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting, Del Mar, and Oak Tree.

Valenzuela is booked on six mounts on Sunday's nine-race card.

Brave Vixen comes through

Brave Vixen was the 3-5 favorite in Wednesday's third race, which was the opening leg of the pick six. She also has several blood relatives in a sale next month. All of which put a lot of pressure on her trainer, Gary Mandella.

But Brave Vixen came through, easily winning the 1 1/16-mile maiden race for 2-year-old fillies by 4 1/4 lengths.

"The mother of the horse, who's in foal, plus her weanling and yearling, all are in a sale at Barretts next month," Mandella said. "It's always nice to win a race for one horse, but this was for four. With her in the first leg of the pick six, there's a lot of pressure. If she hadn't won, they probably would have been throwing hot dogs at me."

* Consecrate, who disappointed in last week's Delta Jackpot for 2-year-olds, was gelded this week. "He doesn't put out," trainer Bob Baffert said. "Mentally, he's not there."

- additional reporting by Jay Privman