03/07/2006 12:00AM

Is it Healthy Addiction's turn?

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Healthy Addiction (above) will take another crack at Star Parade in Saturday's Santa Margarita Handicap.

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.

Your Tent or Mine off Derby trail

Your Tent or Mine, who has not raced since finishing second to Brother Derek in the Hollywood Futurity in December, will miss next week's San Felipe and is out of consideration for the Kentucky Derby because of an abscessed right front foot, trainer Neil Drysdale said Tuesday.

"He bruised it, then it abscessed in his toe and it came out his coronet band," Drysdale said. "We're going to have to give him a little time off. He'll probably be able to run by late April, provided everything goes smoothly. It's quite aggravating, but there's no loss of life."

Peace Chant, runner-up in the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 12, also is off the Derby trail. Trainer Richard Mandella said the colt underwent surgery to remove a chip from a hind ankle and expects Peace Chant to be out "three or four months."

Peace Chant raced three times and improved each start. He won his Dec. 3 debut and finished fourth in the San Miguel Stakes on Jan. 8, prior to the San Vicente. A $900,000 yearling owned by Jess Jackson, Peace Chant was sired by War Chant, and produced by Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Safely Kept.

Simon Pure may try San Felipe

D. Wayne Lukas is back on the Kentucky Derby trail. His second-time starter Simon Pure stretched out to two turns one week ago and crushed maidens by 4 1/2 lengths, earning a 94 Beyer by racing a mile in 1:36.72.

"He made a quantum leap going two turns, which is what you want to do," Lukas said, adding that he may run the colt right back March 18 in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes.

"We'll probably step up because we have to get some earnings," Lukas said. "My only concern is we're back in 16 days, but there's a lot to be said about running out of your own stall."

There also is a lot to be said about allowing a lightly raced 3-year-old to develop gradually, but Lukas said he believes Simon Pure is up to the challenge.

"He's so laid back and takes things in stride," Lukas said.

Simon Pure is by Silver Deputy and out of the Lukas-trained Life's Magic, the champion mare who won eight races, including the 1985 Breeders' Cup Distaff, and earned $2.2 million. Life's Magic produced nine other foals, but none won a graded stakes. Lukas bought Simon Pure as a yearling for the late Bob Lewis and his wife, Beverly, at the 2004 Saratoga yearling sale for $675,000.

Simon Pure showed promise as a 2-year-old last summer, but Lukas said "he was always a little crabby and took a while to warm up." He had surgery in September to remove an undescended testicle, and improved immediately. He finished second in his Feb. 4 debut, then stretched out for his maiden win March 2.

Too late for the Derby?

"Sometimes I slip in under the radar," Lukas said, "and this colt will improve a lot."

Blinkers work wonders for Refinery

The Mandella-trained Refinery is headed to the Grade 2 San Felipe on March 18 after running the best race of his five-start career Feb. 25.

"The blinkers really picked his game up," Mandella said, referring to a 2 1/4-length win in a first-condition allowance.

Refinery has been ridden in all five starts by Tyler Baze.

Among his main rivals in the San Felipe will be Bob and John, who has been ridden in all seven of his starts by Victor Espinoza.

A.P. Warrior also will run in the San Felipe, with a new trainer and jockey. A graded-stakes-placed son of A.P. Indy, now trained by John Shirreffs, A.P. Warrior will be ridden for the first time by Corey Nakatani.

With Distinction headed to Oaklawn

With Distinction displaced his soft palate when he was eased and finished last in the Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday.

"We can correct that with equipment," Lukas said, adding that With Distinction "was running easy when that happened. He wasn't wearing a tongue tie or anything."

Despite the 46-length defeat, Lukas has not abandoned plans to make With Distinction a two-turn horse. He plans to start With Distinction in the Oaklawn Handicap on April 8. Big Cap runner-up Magnum also is aiming for that race.

Annual battle turning one-sided

Amidst the weekend hoopla, one story has been overlooked - continued dominance of press box handicappers in the annual Santa Anita Handicap Day contest with the racing office. For the fourth straight year, the Santa Anita press box defeated the racing office in the 11-race handicapping competition. Racing secretary Rick Hammerle tried to find an excuse for the defeat by saying that work got in the way.

"We've been concentrating so much on making quality cards that we haven't had time to access all our handicapping skills, hence the letdown," Hammerle said. "This year's loss hit hard; everyone's a little down this week."

There is talk of a rematch Santa Anita Derby Day, April 8. While the racing office tries to figure how to sharpen handicapping skills, they continue to produce worthy results in one area. Average field size this winter at Santa Anita is a robust 8.8 starters per race.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman