10/31/2007 11:00PM

Chambers has horse on streak

EmailPHOENIX - Nationhood looks to make it six straight wins as he heads the field in Saturday's $45,000 Caballos del Sol at Turf Paradise. The six-furlong event for 3-year-olds and upward drew a field of seven.

But the race likely hinges on how Nationhood performs. A 5-year-old son of Cherokee Run owned by Cander Racing and trained by Mike Chambers, Nationhood won a maiden race at Hollywood in May, then went to Emerald Downs and rattled off three straight big wins while steadily moving up in class.

Nationhood came to Turf Paradise for the Oct. 16 Zip Pocket and showed how he had developed, crushing a field of sprinters by 6 1/4 lengths and posting a Beyer Speed Figure of 97. He worked a dazzling 33.80-second three furlongs here Oct. 27 to show he retains his edge. Seth Martinez, aboard for the Zip Pocket, has the call again.

There are a couple of worthy challengers. Corredor del Oro may be just a 3-year-old, but he merits respect after being awarded the win in the Saguaro here Oct. 13. That day he dueled for the lead and finished second to the highly regarded Song of Pirates, but got smacked on the face by that rival's whip and was moved from second to first. His Beyer Figure was 90, meaning he isn't that far behind Nationhood. Jocelyne Kenny rides again for trainer Dan McFarlane.

Cut of Music invades from Arapahoe, where he won two stakes this summer for Colorado-breds. Trained by Kevin Eikleberry, he has not run since Aug. 5. He has won four races at Turf Paradise and 15 overall.

Prorunner was no match for Nationhood when he finished third in the Zip Pocket, beaten nine lengths. That, however, was the 5-year-old gelding's first start since June. He has ample back class, having been stakes-placed in several stakes here. He was good enough to be fifth against the best sprinters on the grounds in the Phoenix Gold Cup here last February.