10/28/2006 12:00AM

Rain can't stop this pair

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Trainer Andrew Leggio Jr. sends Happy Ticket in the BC Distaff. On Saturday, Happy Ticket put in her final workout for the race.

While heavy rains and strong winds in New York may force trainers based at Belmont Park to postpone their Breeders' Cup workouts until Monday, two horsemen based in the Midwest weren't going to allow a little inclement weather to throw them off schedule with their contenders for the $2 million Distaff.

Andrew Leggio Jr., trainer of Happy Ticket, and Dallas Stewart, trainer of Lemons Forever, put their fillies through their final Distaff workouts Saturday in Kentucky, albeit at different venues.

At Churchill Downs, where a wet track was labeled good, Happy Ticket worked five furlongs in 1:03.80 after the renovation break. Jockey Fabio Arguello Jr. was aboard for the move, the ninth-fastest of 16 at the distance.

"I thought the track was all right," Leggio said. "She loves an off track. One of the reasons I breezed her is that she likes the mud. I didn't want to push the work back until [Sunday]. That's getting too close to the race. I like to go a week out. The main thing is she came out of it good."

Stewart said he wanted to keep Lemons Forever on her regular Saturday work schedule, but did not want to her work on an off track. On Friday, Stewart vanned Lemons Forever to Keeneland, and early Saturday morning she breezed five furlongs in 59.80 seconds over the Polytrack. Exercise rider Lee Guidry was aboard for the move, the fourth-fastest of 30 at the distance.

"It was a crisp and clean perfect work, just galloping around there in 59-and-4," Stewart said. "She's doing very well. When she worked for the Oaks, it was a similar type work."

Stewart said he shipped Lemons Forever to Keeneland because he didn't want to work on a muddy Churchill track, and because "[Saturday's] her work day."

Meanwhile, California-based trainer John Sadler, who had trouble with weather before last year's Breeders' Cup, had no weather issues Saturday while working Healthy Addiction at Hollywood Park.

A year ago, Sadler shipped Healthy Addiction to New York early for the BC Distaff, but got to train over nothing but wet surfaces. Sadler said he felt Healthy Addiction got nothing out of those works, and she finished last of 13 in the Distaff. This year, Sadler opted to keep Healthy Addiction in Southern California until late. On Saturday, over the Cushion track at Hollywood Park, Healthy Addiction went seven furlongs in 1:26 under exercise rider Jose Alferez.

"Nice and smooth," Sadler said. "This is a little more tiring for us going on the Polytrack, and she wasn't blowing. What happened [last year] was all the training we did was in slop. There was a tremendous amount of rain, and by the time the Breeders' Cup rolled around it was very sandy. The track had dried out, and all the training she did didn't do her any good."

Healthy Addiction, who has won four stakes this year, including the Grade 2 Lady's Secret in her last start, is scheduled to ship to Kentucky on Tuesday.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman