02/12/2009 12:00AM

Santa Teresa full of options


SUNLAND PARK, N.M. - There appears to be no shortage of drama or choices for players in Saturday's $50,000 Santa Teresa Handicap at Sunland Park. A near-full field of 11 fillies and mares, including five rated within four pounds of highweight Goodbye Norma Jean, will line it up and go 6 1/2 furlongs.

Goodbye Norma Jean will carry one pound more than the 122 she toted to victory in the Bold Ego Handicap here in late December. Trained by Henry Dominguez, she defeated the Steve Asmussen-trained Stealth Cat that day by 1 1/4 lengths, with Stealth Cat having been assigned 123 pounds. The weight assignments for those two will be reversed in the Santa Teresa.

"We put the blinkers back on her for the Bold Ego," said Dominguez. "We had taken them off not long after we claimed her to try and get her to relax a bit, but she seemed to have lost some focus."

Catera, the third-place finisher in the Bold Ego and also trained by Asmussen, has since flattered both Goodbye Norma Jean and Stealth Cat by winning last Thursday's feature race at Oaklawn Park.

Alejandro Medellin will once again handle the riding chores on Goodbye Norma Jean, while Luis Contreras will be aboard Stealth Cat.

Snowdrop, close behind in the weights at 121 pounds, will seek to make amends for a disappointing effort as the favorite in allowance company locally in her last start. A daughter of Beau Genius trained by Bennie Woolley, she was a two-time stakes winner at Albuquerque in 2008. Alfredo Juarez Jr. will ride.

Asmussen's other representative in the Santa Teresa is Dubit. A well-traveled 4-year-old, she will be starting at her 10th different oval from just 11 starts. She comes off a runner-up performance in the Orleans Stakes at Delta Downs in early December. Carlos Madeira has the call at 120 pounds.

Also slated to carry 120 pounds is R Charlie's Angel. An Indian Charlie filly now trained by Chris Hartman, she has been keeping some tough allowance company recently at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park. Ken Tohill will handle the riding chores.

Prairie Charm returns to the stakes ranks after a solid win in optional-allowance prep here on Jan. 13. The well-bred filly is by Silver Charm out of the Badger Land mare Prairie Maiden. She will carry 119 pounds on Saturday and will be ridden by Antonio Castanon.