06/23/2002 11:00PM

Teresa Ann returns on turf

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The two races that Teresa Ann ran last fall do not seem like the efforts of the same filly.

After winning a maiden race in her debut at Santa Anita in October, she finished ninth in the Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood a month later. She was later diagnosed with a breathing disorder that required surgery.

On Wednesday, the 3-year-old Teresa Ann returns in a $48,000 allowance race for fillies and mares over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf at Hollywood. Trained by Craig Dollase for Paul Reddam, Teresa Ann faces a strong field that includes Spunky Gal, who was fourth at this level on May 25; Posados, an Australian invader who had trouble in her U.S. debut; and Re Vote, who was stakes placed last year.

Teresa Ann is making her turf debut, but Dollase is not concerned. "It opens up some options for her down the road," he said.

Dollase said that Teresa Ann needed surgery to correct an entrapped epiglottis. Since returning to training, she has consistently logged fast works on dirt at Hollywood, including five furlongs in 59.80 seconds from the gate last Saturday.

Teresa Ann is likely to stalk the pace, which may be set by Martial's Princess, who was stakes placed against California-breds last year. The 3-year-old Martial's Princess has not started since finishing last of 10 in the California Breeders' Champion Stakes last December. She has had two bullet workouts in June for trainer Juan Pablo Silva.

Spunky Gal has the experience over this turf course. Trained by Vladimir Cerin, the 4-year-old Spunky Gal was beaten 2 1/4 lengths in a turf sprint on May 25, her first start in 11 months.

Posadas could win as a mid-priced longshot. Stakes placed in Argentina last year, she hopped in the start of her U.S. debut on June 5 but was only beaten 2 3/4 lengths.

Re Vote has the experience to win this race. Trained by Leonard Duncan, she finished fifth as the favorite in the California Cup Distaff Starter Handicap last November, but emerged from the race with a foot abscess. Duncan said she was turned out over the winter and has trained well since returning to the track. She has two bullet workouts at Hollywood Park in recent weeks, including six furlongs in 1:12.60.

Last year, Re Vote won a turf sprint for $55,000 claimers at Santa Anita and placed in two races around two turns on turf.

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