08/23/2006 12:00AM

Healthy Addiction won't make Palomar


DEL MAR, Calif. - Healthy Addiction, the winner of three stakes this year, will miss the $200,000 Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap at Del Mar on Sept. 2 because of an abscess in her throat, trainer John Sadler said.

Healthy Addiction missed four days of training from Sunday through Wednesday this week, but was expected to return to training this weekend after undergoing treatment.

The decision to pass the Palomar is likely to lead Healthy Addiction to make her next start in the $250,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting on Oct. 1.

In the last week, Sadler had hesitated in committing Healthy Addiction to the Palomar, saying that he was entertaining sending her to Kentucky in November for the Breeders' Cup Distaff. He had previously said she would race in California for the rest of the year before being retired and bred.

Wednesday, Sadler said the recent setback makes a start in the Palomar impossible.

Owned by Pamela Ziebarth, Healthy Addiction has won 9 of 21 starts and $882,837. She won the Grade 2 Clement Hirsch Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on the main track here on Aug. 6.

"She did come out of that race in good shape," Sadler said.

Earlier this year, Healthy Addiction, 5, won the Paseana and Grade 1 Santa Margarita handicaps at Santa Anita.

Giacomo doesn't need much rest

After just two days' rest, Giacomo returned to the track on Wednesday following a fifth-place finish in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Sunday.

Giacomo jogged and galloped on Wednesday and will be pointed for the $500,000 Goodwood BC Handicap over 1 1/8 miles at Oak Tree on Oct. 7.

In the Pacific Classic, Giacomo raced in sixth place on the inside for the first six furlongs and was too eager early, according to jockey Mike Smith. Giacomo finished 6 3/4 lengths behind race winner Lava Man.

Trainer John Shirreffs said Giacomo would have been better suited to making a late rally.

"He didn't get to run his race," Shirreffs said. "Being on the inside was a tough place to be. He never got to the outside."

The winner of the 2005 Kentucky Derby, Giacomo is expected to have two more starts- the Goodwood and the Breeders' Cup Classic-before being retired to stud.

Laura's Lucky Boy returns in tough spot

Laura's Lucky Boy, unraced since finishing 11th in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Belmont Park last October, will be entered for Saturday's $400,000 Del Mar BC Mile, trainer Richard Mandella said.

"I want to get started," Mandella said. "I wasn't thinking of running him until two weeks ago. He's coming up to it well."

The Mile, run on turf, will be a difficult place to launch a campaign. The race is led by Aragorn, the winner of the Shoemaker BC Mile and Eddie Read Handicap earlier this year.

Laura's Lucky Boy has won 5 of 16 starts and $426,770. He was third in the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby in 2004 and was second in the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap last summer.

Mandella said that Laura's Lucky Boy was turned out after the 2005 Breeders' Cup because of "aches and pains."

Laura's Lucky Boy has been effective from a mile to 1 3/8 miles on turf. In 2005, he won the Thunder Road Handicap at a mile on turf at Santa Anita in his first start more than two months.

The Grade 2 Del Mar Mile will have a small field. Other probable starters are El Don, Hendrix, Quasimodo, and Wild Buddy, who will set the pace.

Sunday's $250,000 Del Mar Handicap at 1 3/8 miles on turf has a field of seven probable starters - Artiste Royale, Cheroot, Leprechaun Kid, Mighty Mysterious, Quinquin the King, Runaway Dancer, and T.H. Approval.

T.H. Approval won the Sunset Handicap at Hollywood Park last month.

Ramser possibility for Maxxi Arte

Maxxi Arte, who won her stakes debut in last Sunday's $90,460 Viejas Casino Handicap for 3-year-old fillies on turf, will be considered for the $100,000 Harold Ramser Handicap at Oak Tree on Oct. 15, trainer Jim Cassidy said.

In the Viejas Casino Handicap, Maxxi Arte ($11.60) ran a mile in 1:33.36 under Norberto Arroyo Jr. She led throughout, winning by five lengths over Tasha's Delight. Royal Cheer finished third in the field of eight.

Maxxi Arte has won 3 of 6 starts and $123,496. She is on a three-race winning streak - with a little help from the stewards. On June 17, Maxxi Arte finished second in a maiden race at Hollywood Park and was promoted to first via disqualification.

Lock and Key heading to Maddy

Lock and Key, who rallied for an impressive victory in a second-level allowance race going one mile on the turf on Saturday, will move back into stakes company for her next start, which is scheduled to be the $100,000 Ken Maddy Handicap on opening day of Oak Tree on Sept. 27, trainer Ben Cecil said.

The Maddy is on the hillside turf course at about 6 1/2 furlongs, a course over which Lock and Key ran two strong races earlier this year after her arrival from her native Ireland. Lock and Key was second to males in a second-level allowance, then was second by three-quarters of a length to course specialist Cambiocorsa in the Las Cienegas Handicap, which, like the Maddy, is restricted to fillies and mares.

"She just got beat by Cambiocorsa, which is pretty decent form down the hill," Cecil said.

Lock and Key's victory on Saturday was her first in this country in six starts. It was her first start at the exact conditions to which she was eligible. Every other start had been above her conditions, or against males. She has won 3 of 17 overall.

Autistic kids visit track

A group of autistic children rode ponies in the stable area on Tuesday afternoon on a trip sponsored by owner Charles Cono, who has horses with trainer Chris Paasch. Joe Harper, Del Mar's president and general manager, jockey Alex Solis, and Paasch were among those supervising the visit.

"They got to go around the holding barn," Paasch said. "The outriders who have ponies contributed the horses and their time. Charlie likes to do charitable work for children, and he's in the process of building a facility for autistic children in San Diego."

- additional reporting by Jay Privman