Is it Healthy Addiction's turn?
ARCADIA, Calif. -- The last time Jon Court rode Healthy Addiction, she sprang a $92.20 upset in a turf stakes last August at Del Mar. Her odds will not be as high when Court rides her again Saturday in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Handicap for fillies and mares, but Healthy Addiction may be overlooked in a strong field led by Grade 1 winners Dream of Summer and Star Parade, the likely favorite.
Healthy Addiction's trainer, John Sadler, hopes for better racing luck than she had in the Grade 1 Santa Maria Handicap on Feb. 11.
"I thought she had a bad trip the other day," Sadler said.
Healthy Addiction raced in an uncomfortable position along the rail, pinned inside while a half-length off the lead. She sucked back on the far turn, lost interest, and finished fourth. Star Parade won by two lengths, but Sadler is willing to tackle her again.
"We don't feel there is any dominant mare; these horses are all going to take turns," Sadler said, adding that a wet track "won't hurt us either." The forecast early this week called for a wet weekend.
The expected Santa Margarita starters, with riders and weights, include Dream of Summer, Corey Nakatani, 120; Star Parade, Martin Pedroza, 118; Proposed, Patrick Valenzuela, 117; Healthy Addiction, Court, 116; Hollywood Story, Garrett Gomez, 116; Seafree, Victor Espinoza, 115; and Play Ballado, Tyler Baze, 114.