02/12/2004 12:00AM

Krone takes week off for sore back


ARCADIA, Calif. - One day into a comeback from a two-month break caused by a spill, Julie Krone took off her mounts on Thursday and for the remainder of the week, citing a sore back.

Krone rode three horses at Santa Anita on Wednesday and was winless. She worked horses on Thursday at Hollywood Park before canceling her two mounts at Santa Anita. She said she plans to resume riding next Thursday.

"I tweaked my back," she said.

Krone suffered upper chest injuries in a two-horse spill at Hollywood Park on Dec. 12. She resumed exercising horses in early February.

Krone had hoped to ride Halfbridled in Sunday's Las Virgenes Stakes, but those plans were canceled last weekend when Halfbridled was declared from the race. Trainer Richard Mandella said he was unhappy with the way Halfbridled was training.

Krone gained the mount on Yearly Report as a substitute, but that filly was declared from the Las Virgenes on Thursday because of a cough, trainer Bob Baffert said.

Class Above now in Las Virgenes

The potential field for the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for 3-year-old fillies changed considerably on Thursday. Baffert said Yearly Report would be replaced by Class Above from his stable.

Yearly Report won the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Breeders' Cup Stakes on Jan. 19, and was considered a top contender for the Las Virgenes.

Class Above has not started since finishing seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies last October. She won her first two starts - a maiden race at Del Mar and the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies at Turfway Park - by an astonishing 16 lengths.

"She's training well, and I have to run her," Baffert said of Class Above.

The absence of Halfbridled and Yearly Report has prompted owner Stan Fulton and trainer Rafael Becerra to consider supplementing Rahy Dolly, who was second in the Hollywood Futurity in December but fifth to Yearly Report in the Santa Ynez.

Rahy Dolly would have to be supplemented for $5,000.

"If I want to find out how good she is, I should find out now," Becerra said.

Other probables for the Grade 1 Las Virgenes are A.P. Adventure, Friendly Michelle, Hollywood Story, Whoopi Cat, and Wildwood Flower.

Sarava vs. South American runners

Sarava, the winner of the 2002 Belmont Stakes, and three South American stakes winners - National Park, Sanderman, and The Eden - are entered in a $65,000 allowance in Saturday's sixth race.

The race, which drew seven runners, is being used as a prep for upcoming stakes. Nose the Trade, the runner-up in the Native Diver and San Pasqual handicaps in his last two starts, is likely to go favored.

In his two starts since the 2002 Belmont, Sarava finished sixth in an allowance race at Del Mar last July and ninth in an allowance race on turf on Jan. 22.

After the Del Mar race, he underwent emergency colic surgery and was given several months off. Baffert threw out the comeback in the turf race last month. "I needed to get an out in him," he said, referring to the need for a race.

A win by Nose the Trade or Sarava could lead to a start in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 6.

Of the South Americans, The Eden has the best recent form. From early May to mid-July last year, he won three consecutive group stakes on dirt in Argentina. Trainer Jeff Mullins said The Eden has been invited to the $2 million UAE Derby at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai on March 27 and needs this race as a prep.

Foaled in August 2000, The Eden is a 4-year-old in North America but is recognized as a 3-year-old in South America, which makes him eligible for the UAE Derby.

National Park and Sanderman are Group 1 winners. National Park won three consecutive stakes in 2002 but has not started in 15 months. A 5-year-old, he is trained by Bobby Frankel.

Laura de Seroux trains Sanderman, who won the Group 1 Gran Criterium in Chile last October.

Singletary rallies in Thunder Road

Trainer Don Chatlos wore a white Chicago Bears throwback jersey to the races on Wednesday, the day he started Singletary in the $71,350 Thunder Road Handicap.

Singletary, named for the famous Bears linebacker Mike Singletary, turned in a performance that was a throwback to last summer, when the colt won the Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap.

Making his first start since a fifth-place finish in the Del Mar Derby last September, Singletary ($20.60) rallied from sixth to win the Thunder Road Handicap by a length over Inesperado. Apache Wings, the longtime pacesetter, finished third in a field of eight.

Designed for Luck, the 2-1 favorite, was seventh after a wide trip. He finished seventh in the Breeders' Cup Mile last October.

Singletary races for the Little Red Feather Racing partnership. Chatlos and several members of the partnership watched the race from the rail.

"We like to hang around the cheap seats," Chatlos said.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Singletary finished a mile in a sharp 1:34.42. The race was a prep for the $350,000 Kilroe Mile on turf on March 6.

"When he turned for home, his ears were pricked and I had a lot of confidence," Chatlos said.

The colt gave Chatlos his first graded-stakes win last summer in the La Jolla, but Chatlos decided in midsummer to give Singletary a break after the Del Mar Derby.

"He had three tough races in a row at Del Mar," Chatlos said.

The Kilroe Mile may not be as difficult as previously expected. While Designed for Luck is a probable, Redattore, the 2003 winner, will not make the race, according to his trainer, Mandella. Redattore suffered a minor ankle injury while training last month.

While Redattore has returned to training, Mandella said there is not sufficient time to be ready for the Kilroe.

The $150,000 Arcadia Handicap on April 3 is a possibility for Redattore, Mandella said.

Harris gets first win as trainer

Trainer Andrew Harris, a DJ and part-time reggae musician, scored his first career win in Wednesday's eighth race with Ice It Honey.

To keep the win, Harris, 42, had to survive a jockey's objection from Kevin Krigger, who was aboard runner-up Judge's Pegasus. Krigger argued that Ice It Honey lugged out in the stretch bothering his mount, who lost by a head. The stewards dismissed the claim.

Ice It Honey was Harris's second starter. A native of Jamaica, Harris spent most of last year with trainer Julio Canani, learning more about training.

Harris has five horses, but no longer trains Ice It Honey. She was claimed by Becerra for $32,000.