10/29/2002 12:00AM

Krone set for riding return


ARCADIA, Calif. - Julie Krone will resume her riding career this week at Santa Anita. Krone's agent, Brian Beach, said Krone has a call with a Richard Mandella trainee Friday, and would ride if the race fills.

Otherwise, Krone will return Saturday in the $150,000 California Cup Distaff. Krone has a call on Mabel Kent, who is trained by Ian Jory, in the 6 1/2-furlong turf race. Krone, 39, is the all-time leading female rider with 3,545 career wins.

Asked if she was nervous about her pending comeback, Krone said, "I already feel like I'm back because I've been working horses in the mornings and hustling and talking to people."

Krone has been working horses on a regular basis since summer, and was out early Tuesday morning working horses at Santa Anita. Krone has not ridden competitively since 1999.

'Busride' could be a rocky one

Tali'sluckybusride, who scored a 15-1 upset in the Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes last fall, returns Thursday at Santa Anita in the $75,000-added Cascapedia Handicap at six furlongs. It is not an easy spot for a 3-year-old filly to return from a layoff of nearly nine months. She faces a salty group of older fillies and mares, including absentee Brisquette, speedball Shameful, and the consistent Madame Pietra and Harvest Girl.

Owned by Ron and Susie Anson and trained by Alfredo Marquez, Tali'sluckybusride won the Oak Leaf in her second start, then finished third in successive Grade 1's behind Habibti and You. Tali'sluckybusride returns with a strong workout tab showing, and may be racing at her preferred distance on Thursday. Jose Valdivia rides Tali'sluckybusride.

Brisquette has won 4 of 9 starts, and though she has not raced since late January, she has been working in brilliant fashion.

Brisquette has a versatile running style that should play well in a speed-filled field. Shameful is 3 for 8 and runs on the lead; Refine is an Argentine import who hasn't raced since setting a wicked pace and tiring in her only U.S. start in April; and Harvest Girl and Madame Pietra will rally from behind in the seventh race feature.

Hot Market a Cal Cup commodity

Continental Red and Grey Memo were both assigned the 121-pound highweight for the $250,000 California Cup Classic on Saturday, but the horse to beat in the 1 1/8-mile race may be front-runner Hot Market.

The graded stakes-placed Hot Market has not raced in 2 1/2 months, but trainer Craig Lewis has been pointing him for the Cal Cup ever since his second-place finish to Disturbingthepeace in the Pat O'Brien on Aug. 18 at Del Mar.

Lewis can be forgiven for his prejudiced prerace opinion: "I wouldn't trade places with anyone," he said. On the other hand, Lewis understands the nuances of handicapping enough to realized Hot Market is up against it from a pace perspective.

"The race is coming up with quite a bit of speed in it, the first quarter- and half-mile are going to determine the outcome," Lewis said.

In addition to Hot Market, other front-runners in the race include Eric Da Bomb, Long Gone Con, and Bonus Pay Day. Bonus Pay Day returns fresh, and has been known to press the pace.

Spinelessjellyfish, who will be the 120-pound highweight in the $175,000 Cal Cup Mile, worked a half-mile in 48.40 seconds on Tuesday. Native Desert and Ringaskiddy were assigned 122 pounds but will not start, nor will Disturbingthepeace (121). Mile probables include Adminniestrator, Dixie Law, Flying Rudolph, Joey Franco, Lennyfrommalibu, Turkish Prize, and Waingarth.

Travel may be next for Reba's Gold

Reba's Gold, third in the Grade 2 Goodwood Handicap on Oct. 6, was left without a race to run in when Wednesday's $75,000 Skywalker Handicap was canceled due to insufficient entries. Trainer Dan Hendricks will weigh his options with the 5-year-old Reba's Gold. They include the possibilities of making a trip to New York or Japan.

"The Cigar Mile" - a Grade 1 at Aqueduct on Nov. 30 - "is getting real tough, and Japan is a [long] trip, but it's a big consideration," Hendricks said. "We're 95 percent sure we're invited to the mile and an eighth dirt race, and it will be run on a seven-eighths mile track. I think he can stay a mile and an eighth on a small track like that."

Reba's Gold won the $100,000 Pomona Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on Sept. 29 on the five-eighths mile track at Fairplex Park.