02/09/2006 12:00AM

Healthy Addiction loves the locale


ARCADIA, Calif. - As long as she is racing in California, Healthy Addiction ranks at the top of the older female division.

Healthy Addiction, 5, has won 4 of her last 5 starts in California, a span that includes a win in the Grade 2 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap here in October.

Saturday, she will attempt to win her first Grade 1 in the $250,000 at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita.

Owned by Pamela Ziebarth and trained by John Sadler, Healthy Addiction will need to be at her best in the Santa Maria. The race has drawn nine entrants, including the Grade 1 stakes winners Hollywood Story, Sharp Lisa, and Star Parade; the Grade 2 stakes winner Proposed; and Musica Si, a Group 1 winner from Chile.

Sharp Lisa and Proposed are 4-year-old fillies trying older fillies and mares. They are also nominated for Sunday's Grade 2 La Canada Stakes, which is restricted to 4-year-old fillies.

The Santa Maria will be Healthy Addiction's third start in a Grade 1 - she finished sixth at 41-1 in the Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park last July and was last of 13 at 18-1 in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Belmont Park last October.

Healthy Addiction rebounded from the Breeders' Cup disaster to win the ungraded Paseana Handicap by two lengths at 1 1/16 miles here on Jan. 19, a race Sadler considered an ideal prep for the Santa Maria.

"It wasn't a hard prep," Sadler said. "I just don't think she wants to ship."

If all nine fillies and mares start in the Santa Maria, Healthy Addiction should get a good trip. Seafree, who is making her stakes debut, and Heavenly Humor, a sprint stakes winner at Bay Meadows last month, have speed.

Healthy Addiction, typically close to the front, will stalk the pace.

"She has the right style in that she's best if she's not in front," Sadler said. "She can be second with no problem."

Healthy Addiction has not been worse than second in eight starts at Santa Anita, including four wins.

Star Parade will be near the front early in the race. Trained by Darrell Vienna, Star Parade, 7, ended a nine-race losing streak in the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park on Dec. 11. Vienna dismissed her loss on turf in the San Gorgonio Handicap last month.

"I couldn't be happier with the mare," he said. "She's pretty straightforward. I don't think she does well when you hold her, but she can stay off of them."