10/06/2003 12:00AM

Krone's big day had added meaning


ARCADIA, Calif. - Julie Krone's five-win day at Santa Anita on Saturday was nearly a year in the making.

Krone won the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby aboard Devious Boy, maiden races with Annabelly, Eyad, and Rosberg, and a claiming race with Carla Rose.

While the Oak Tree Derby was the most lucrative victory, the maiden win aboard Annabelly was as meaningful, she said. Krone began exercising Annabelly for trainer Jenine Sahadi last fall when she returned to riding from a retirement of 3 1/2 years.

"I was more nervous than I was in the stakes because of all the work I'd put in," Krone said.

Krone has been involved with Devious Boy nearly as long. The gelding was imported from England last winter but did not start until he won a division of the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar in late July.

With Krone as his only rider, Devious Boy has not been worse than second in four starts, including a runner-up finish to Fairly Ransom in the $300,000 Del Mar Derby last month.

In the Oak Tree Derby, Devious Boy held off a stretch-long challenge from Sweet Return to win by a head, showing courage that continues to amaze Krone.

"I keep telling people he's a bread-and-butter horse," Krone said.

The five-win program was one shy of Krone's personal best, reached at Monmouth Park in August 1987.

With two more winners on Sunday, Krone leads the standings with 11 wins, two more than Alex Solis and Patrick Valenzuela.

Two Darley maidens win

Two of Krone's wins over the weekend came aboard well-bred, and expensive, juveniles trained by Eoin Harty for Darley Stud.

Rosberg, who cost $1.5 million at the 2002 Keeneland September yearling sale, finished fifth at Del Mar on July 23 but rebounded to win a six-furlong maiden race on Saturday by five lengths in a quick 1:08.85.

"That's what I thought he'd do at Del Mar," Harty said. "I was surprised to see him go in eight and change. I think his best days are when we stretch him out."

By top stallion A.P. Indy, Rosberg is out of Bosra Sham, the 1996 English 1000 Guineas winner.

Saturday's race was the first time Krone had been aboard Rosberg.

"What were the chances of her knocking off 50 percent of the races in a day?" Harty said. "It moves up by five lengths when you've got a rider in the zone."

In Sunday's first race, Possession won her second start, rallying from last in a field of seven under Krone to win by 1 1/2 lengths. By Belong to Me, Possession finished six furlongs in 1:10.12. She is out of the multiple stakes winner Tomisue's Delight and cost $2 million at the 2002 Keeneland July yearling sale.

Turf stakes highlight week's racing

After 11 stakes were run over the first six days of the meeting, the pace of top races slows noticeably this week with two $100,000 turf stakes for females in a six-day week that includes Monday racing.

On Saturday, Roberta's Mango, the winner of the Daisycutter Handicap over five furlongs on turf at Del Mar, returns in the Grade 3 Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap over about 6 1/2 furlongs.

Trained by Julio Canani, Roberta's Mango has won four of her last five starts. She will be opposed by Any for Love, Gabriellina Giof, Paga, and Swiss Lake.

Star Vega, the winner of the Providencia Stakes here last April, is a leading candidate for Sunday's $100,000 Harold Ramser Sr. Handicap over a mile on turf for 3-year-old fillies. She was sixth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 24 behind Dessert, who is among the nominees but not a definite starter.

Other candidates are Alashir's World, Night Games, No Kings, Summer Wind Dancer, Valentine Dancer, and Vanilla Sky.

Trainer Marquez going public again

Trainer Alfredo Marquez is re-forming a public stable after spending three years as a private trainer for Ron and Susie Anson.

In recent months, the Ansons, whose stable once numbered 40 horses with Marquez, have dramatically reduced their racing stock. According to Marquez, the Ansons have three horses at the racetrack. Marquez has seven horses for other clients.

He said he would like to build his stable to 20 horses. "Not more than that - it's too much of a hassle," he said. "I think that's a good number."

Azeri returns to track

Azeri, who came out of her loss in the Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap with an elevated white-cell count, returned to the track for training at San Luis Rey Downs on Saturday and is scheduled to work again on Friday, trainer Laura de Seroux said.

De Seroux said that whatever infection got into Azeri's system came down quickly, but she cautioned that Azeri will need to be closely monitored to prevent a recurrence.

Azeri had won 11 straight races prior to her loss in the Lady's Secret. She has won 14 times in 16 starts.

Plans uncertain for Excessivepleasure

When trainer Doug O'Neill saw that both Grand Hombre and Wando were in Saturday night's Indiana Derby, he figured Excessivepleasure would have a tough task facing those highly ranked 3-year-olds. But after Excessivepleasure scored the upset in that 1 1/16-mile race, O'Neill found himself trying to figure out where to go next, and not being content with any of the choices.

Sunday at Santa Anita, O'Neill said that a Breeders' Cup start was unlikely. The Classic, at 1 1/4 miles, is too far, and the Mile is on turf, neither of which O'Neill sees as an ideal fit.

"The Cal Cup Classic might not be the right spot, either," O'Neill said, referring to a 1 1/8-mile, $250,000 race restricted to California-breds on Nov. 8. If Excessivepleasure ran in that race, he would be attempting to stretch his speed to 1 1/8 miles against older horses.

O'Neill had a terrific weekend. On Sunday, his sprinter Avanzado captured the Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.

Sarafan looking for rematch

Sarafan, who finished second to Designed for Luck in Sunday's Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile, will run in the Breeders' Cup Mile provided he gets invited, trainer Neil Drysdale said Monday at Hollywood Park.

"I would think he would get invited. He's a top horse," Drysdale said.

Sarafan has had a hard-luck campaign over the past 12 months. He was beaten narrowly by Falbrav in last year's Japan Cup, then was a fast-finishing fourth in the Hong Kong Cup after falling far behind a dawdling pace. He has raced just four times this year, with one win, in a classified allowance race at Del Mar.

Drysdale said Sarafan will again go to Japan and Hong Kong this fall. He said that when choosing a Breeders' Cup race, the Mile makes more sense for Sarafan than the Turf.

"The Turf might dull him for his next two races," Drysdale said.

Pomeroy still possible for BC Juvenile

Pomeroy, who was not entered in Sunday's Norfolk Stakes after swelling appeared in his left front ankle, remains a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Oct. 25, trainer Patrick Biancone said.

Pomeroy will resume training this week. He finished first in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile at Turfway Park on Sept. 13 but was disqualified and placed third for causing interference in early stretch.

You, other Frankel runners to arrive

You, runner-up in Sunday's Spinster Stakes at Keeneland, was expected to arrive in California late Monday afternoon. She is the first of several dozen Bobby Frankel-trained runners who will be arriving from the East Coast this week, according to Frankel's assistant, Humberto Ascanio. "We'll make room for them," Ascanio said.

Quero Quero back in training

Quero Quero, the winner of the Grade 2 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park in June, has resumed training with Paulo Lobo.

Quero Quero breezed three furlongs last week and is being prepared for a late November return, Lobo said.

* Storming Home, a top candidate for the Breeders' Cup Turf, worked a half-mile in 51 seconds on Sunday. Storming Home won the Clement Hirsch Turf Championship here on Sept. 28.

* Jockey Matt Garcia has returned to Southern California after spending a month riding on the East Coast. Garcia is booked to ride two horses on Wednesday.

* Trainer Alex Sacque, who was kicked by a horse in his barn two weeks ago and suffered internal injuries, was back at his Hollywood Park barn on Sunday to supervise workouts.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman