Updated on 09/16/2011 8:50AM

Krone pulls upset in Underwood


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The ex-claimer Debonair Joe produced a string of milestones with his upset victory in Saturday's $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes at Hollywood Park.

The longest shot in the field of nine, the 3-year-old Debonair Joe ($107.60) gave Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone the first stakes win of her five-week comeback and gave 25-year-old trainer Juan Pablo Silva the first stakes win of his career. Krone returned to riding in early November, following a break of 2 1-2 years.

Debonair Joe rallied from seventh on the backstretch to beat longtime leader F.J.'s Pace by a half-length, finishing six furlongs in 1:09.17.

American System rallied along the rail to finish third, a nose in front of Men's Exclusive, who was seeking an unprecedented third consecutive win in the Underwood Stakes.

Mellow Fellow, the 2-1 favorite, could not overcome a poor start and finished seventh.

Debonair Joe was claimed for $12,500 following a fifth at Fairplex Park on Sept. 20.

"He had an infection in his lung and we took care of that," Silva said. "He's been improving and improving ever since."

Since the claim, Debonair Joe has won 3 of 4 starts for Silva and owner Lynne Ristad. Overall, the California-bred has won 5 of 17 starts and $194,085.