02/16/2005 1:00AM

'Addiction' back at her best distance


ARCADIA, Calif. - Healthy Addiction had her 2004 campaign, and a two-race winning streak, derailed with a fifth-place finish in the Grade 3 Railbird Stakes at Hollywood Park last May.

She emerged from the race with a bone chip in an ankle that resulted in a lengthy layoff.

Friday, returns to racing in a $56,000 optional claimer over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita. The race comes on her best surface and over her best distance. Last April, Healthy Addiction won a first-condition allowance race over 1 1/16 miles by 4 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita.

Trained by John Sadler for Pamela Ziebarth, Healthy Addiction has won 2 of 6 starts and $85,192. Sadler feels the distance of Friday's race is better for Healthy Addiction than the seven furlongs of the Railbird.

"We shortened her up for her last one, but this is what she wants to do," Sadler said. "She wants two turns."

Healthy Addiction has five opponents.

Friday's seventh race also features the return of Two Trail Sioux, who won two one-mile races at Del Mar last summer. Trained by Wally Dollase, Two Trail Sioux beat maidens by seven lengths on July 26 and won an optional claimer on Aug. 28 by a half-length, leading throughout.

and Haleakala Sunrise, the winner of an allowance race here on Jan. 27, both have shown speed. Healthy Addiction is a stalker and should get a nice trip.

is trained by the red-hot Ron Ellis, who has won with 4 of his first 8 starters at the meeting.

The other entrants are Maria's Image, Petionville Indeed, and Taygete. Petionville Indeed won the 2003 Lone Star Oaks on turf.

There is a threat of rain in the forecast for Friday. If the weather cooperates, the third race could be an intriguing optional claimer over 1 1/8 miles on turf.

The field of nine fillies and mares includes four imports: Angara, Domaine, Dreams Come True, and Stupendous Miss.

Angara, Dreams Come True and Stupendous Miss raced in France last year. Dreams Come True ran in the best races of the three. She has not started since finishing eighth in the French Oaks. Domaine was a Group 1 winner in Chile last year in a turf race over about a mile.

Of the fillies and mares with local form, there may be support for Red Top, who won an allowance race here on turf in October, but was fifth in the Grade 2 El Encino Stakes on dirt on Jan. 16.