06/29/2006 11:00PM

Whose turn to win among familiar cast?


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The roster of top fillies and mares competing on dirt in Southern California has not changed significantly through the first six months of the year. Healthy Addiction, Proposed, and Star Parade have dominated the group, with Hollywood Story and Sharp Lisa playing supporting roles.

The quintet is among the seven fillies and mares entered in Sunday's $300,000 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park. One of them is likely to win. Considering that none of them has won two consecutive graded stakes this year, it is hard to say which one will take a turn in the Grade 1 Vanity.

, the winner of the Grade 2 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap here on June 3, can become the undisputed leader of the division if she wins the Vanity, which is run at 1 1/8 miles.

The weight assignments are an indication of how evenly matched the fillies and mares are. Proposed and Star Parade carry top weight of 120 pounds, one pound more than Healthy Addiction and two pounds more than Hollywood Story and Sharp Lisa. Hollywood Story is not a definite starter. She was cross-entered for Saturday's CashCall Mile.

, who drew the rail, has been pointed to this race for two months. The winner of the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita in March, she was a poor third behind Star Parade and Hollywood Story in the Grade 3 Hawthorne Handicap at 1 1/16 miles.

Trainer John Sadler blamed himself for the loss, saying that Healthy Addiction worked too quickly prior to that race.

"It wasn't what I wanted," he said. "She's been better for this race. I slowed the works up and skipped one. I'll bet she runs a good race."

Healthy Addiction will be near the front and may take the lead. Proposed, Sharp Lisa, and Star Parade have shown the ability to lead or race just off the pace. With so many holding the same style, an interesting tactical battle could develop among the jockeys in the first half-mile of the Vanity.

Proposed disputed the lead throughout the Milady at 1 1/16 miles, holding off a late run from to win by a head. Trainer John Shirreffs said that Proposed is not committed to the front.

"She was pressured the whole way," Shirreffs said of her race in the Milady. "She didn't get a breather. She can stalk and lay off of it."

Having a flexible style may be vital in the Vanity, a race that lacks a standout.

The field

Vanity Handicap
Purse: $300,000; 1 1/8 miles; Grade 1

1Healthy AddictionV. Espinoza1197-2
2Sharp LisaC. Nakatani1186-1
3Freakin StreakinM. Baze11210-1
4ProposedP. Valenzuela1203-1
5Star ParadeM. Pedroza1202-1
6Bardy WomanM. Garcia11030-1
7Hollywood StoryD. Flores1184-1

* Track odds