Updated on 09/16/2011 8:30AM

Krone will return to racing

Hall of Fame Julie Krone plans to resume riding at Hollywood.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Julie Krone, the world's leading female rider and a member of racing's Hall of Fame, is planning a return to riding when the Hollywood Park fall meeting starts on Nov. 6.

Krone, 39, has not ridden competitively since April 2000 when she retired with 3,545 wins and earnings of $81,335,971. Earlier this week, she said she had contemplated a return to riding in recent months. She said part of her interest in a comeback was created by the retirement of jockey Chris McCarron in June.

"It was quite a contrast to hear Chris McCarron say that he put his helmet on and walked around and that his soul wasn't in there," she said. "I felt the exact opposite. It's an inner drive that feeds on itself. You can't make it happen and you can't fight it when it shows up. I feel like I've been fighting it for the last year."

Since July, Krone has been regularly exercising horses during morning training hours in Southern California. During the Del Mar meet, she worked for trainer Richard Mandella. For the last month, she has ridden for Laura de Seroux at the San Luis Rey Downs training center in San Diego County. In the summer of 2001, she briefly worked for Mandella during the Del Mar meeting.

Mandella said he realized during the summer that Krone wanted to come back.

"I think California racing is lucky to have her," Mandella said. "After two seasons working with her at Del Mar, there is no question of the desire and the love of racing.

"When you you watch her work a horse, she's got a nice balance and fits a horse as well as I've seen. It's like she was melted onto the horse. I'm hoping I can find some nice things to help her get started."

When Krone returns, Brian Beach will work as her agent. Beach currently represents Mike Smith and will continue to be his agent.

Krone said there is a possibility she could ride before the Santa Anita meeting ends on Nov. 3. On Friday, she emphasized that this is not a short-term comeback and that she plans to ride for several more years.

"I want to ride as long as I can," she said. "I have such an image of being with a horse. There is a lot of excitement for me. I'll get to walk around Hollywood Park or Santa Anita and go into people's barns and get on racehorses."

This will be the first time that Krone has ridden in California on a full-time basis. In her 19-year career, she rode primarily in Florida and the Northeast, winning riding titles at Atlantic City, The Meadowlands, and Monmouth Park.

In 1993, she became the only female rider to win a Triple Crown race, scoring in the Belmont Stakes with Colonial Affair.

She won major stakes on such well-known horses as Classy Mirage, Lite the Fuse, Maxzene, Mr. Greeley, Peaks and Valleys, and Rubiano.

Unlike circuits in the East and Midwest, the Southern California Thoroughbred circuit lacks many female riders. Krone said she has ridden against many of the leading riders in Southern California over the years.

"I don't feel any different," she said. "It's definitely new ground. It holds a lot of mystery."

Mandella said he does not feel Krone's gender will be an issue in California.

"There hasn't been anybody like Julie that has the credentials that she has," Mandella said. "I'm pretty sure her plaque says Hall of Fame and not Women's Hall of Fame."

Since her retirement, Krone worked briefly for TVG network as a commentator in 2000. She was married in May 2001 to Jay Hovdey, Daily Racing Form columnist.

During the last two years, she has been a commentator for Hollywood Park's simulcast network.