10/21/2005 12:00AM

BC Distaff: Solis picks up mount on Nothing but Fun


ELMONT, N.Y. - The leg fracture suffered by jockey Richard Migliore on Thursday at Belmont Park resulted in trainer Mike Hushion working the phones at his barn on Friday morning, lining up a replacement rider for his undefeated filly, Nothing But Fun, in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff Oct. 29 at Belmont Park.

Migliore had ridden Nothing But Fun in all four of her races, including a narrow victory in the Cotillion Handicap on Oct. 1, but he will be sidelined for at least a month. By late morning, Hushion had secured California-based Alex Solis, a jockey whom Hushion said he had never used.

"I've always felt he was one of the top five riders in the country," Hushion said. "I've heard good things about him. They say he handles himself well, and he does his homework."

So, apparently, does Hushion. His book on Solis was spot-on. And fortunately for both, Solis will be at Belmont Park to ride in the Breeders' Cup, but he had yet to line up a mount in the Distaff.

Nothing But Fun, 3, did not get to the races until May. She was unraced at 2 because of "the usual growing pains, like puffy ankles," Hushion said. "We had to back off because of this and that."

But from the start, Hushion said he believed Nothing But Fun had talent. "The first time we gave her a serious work, she was very impressive," he said.

After defeating maidens in her first start, Nothing But Fun came back and beat a first-level allowance field. Both races were at Belmont Park. She then won the minor Victory Ride Stakes at Saratoga in August, then stretched out for the Cotillion at Philadelphia Park.

The 1 1/16-mile Cotillion was Nothing But Fun's first race around two turns and beyond seven furlongs. It also proved to be an important prep last year. It was used by Ashado as a springboard to her victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Lone Star Park.

"She got pinched off going into the first turn and was rank, and came off the bridle on the second turn," Hushion said. "She came out of the race with a pretty badly bruised eye, so that might have been why she came off the bridle. She probably got hit by a clod.

"The track that day, it was like everyone was on a treadmill the last eighth of a mile. She was coming out of a six-furlong race, so she was probably short, but she still gutted it out. She just won because she was the better horse."

Nothing But Fun is owned by Barry Schwartz, the former chairman of the New York Racing Association. Schwartz breeds plenty of his own horses, but two years ago began more aggressively buying yearlings with bloodstock agent Buzz Chase. Nothing But Fun cost $150,000.

"Out of that first crop we've got two stakes winners, and hopefully a couple more," Hushion said.