10/25/2003 12:00AM

Outside post no problem for Halfbridled


ARCADIA, Calif. - Overcoming the treacherous 14 post at Santa Anita, Halfbridled capped an undefeated season (4 for 4) and cemented a division championship by rolling to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Ashado rallied past Victory U. S. A. in the final strides to get second by a neck.

Halfbridled's jockey, Julie Krone, became the first female rider to win a Breeders' Cup race. She had been 0 for 14 in the Breeders' Cup and had not ridden in the event since 1995. Krone is also the only woman to have won a Triple Crown race, taking the 1993 Belmont Stakes with Colonial Affair.

For Krone, 40, the victory comes less than a year after her return following a 3 1/2-year retirement. Krone, the only woman rider in the Hall of Fame, downplayed the significance of that.

"The everyday of being around the race horses is what's special for me," Krone said.

For Mandella, the victory came 10 years after he won the Juvenile Fillies with Phone Chatter, also at Santa Anita. For brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, who race under the banner Wertheimer Farm, the victory came 10 years after they won the Breeders' Cup Turf with Kotashaan, who was named Horse of the Year.

Halfbridled, a daughter of Unbridled, added the Juvenile Fillies to a resume that includes wins in the Del Mar Debutante and Oak Leaf Stakes.