11/12/2009 12:00AM

Feisty Suances tries turf in return


When the Turf Paradise meet comes to an end, Saturday's Jack Coady Sr. Stakes could be remembered as a coming-out party for Feisty Suances.

The $50,000 Jack Coady and The Chandler, both one-mile turf races for 3-year-olds, are Saturday's co-features at Turf Paradise.

Feisty Suances makes his turf debut in the Jack Coady, his first start since his first stakes victory in the Silky Sullivan at Golden Gate Fields on May 2. That race was scheduled for the turf but was moved to the main track after a rainstorm.

Though he made his debut in a $40,000 maiden claimer, Feisty Suances proved to be competitive with the West's best 3-year-olds earlier this year.

He was fourth behind Chocolate Candy, beaten five lengths in the California Derby at Golden Gate Fields after leading at the quarter pole.

He was then second to Pioneerof the Nile in the Grade 2 San Felipe at Santa Anita and fifth to him, beaten 4 1/4 lengths, after leading at the quarter pole in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby before his Silky Sullivan victory.

A foot issue sent Feisty Suances to the sidelines, but Cris Vienna - who is training the colt for his father, Darrell, for the Jack Coady - said Feisty Suances, who has eight works for his comeback, is "doing very well."

After a 1:01.20 best-of-three five-furlong work Monday, Vienna said the colt had a strong gallop Wednesday. He is looking forward to Feisty Suances's turf debut.

"His father" - Suances, a Group 1 winner in France and Grade 2 winner in the United States - "was a phenomenal turf horse," Vienna said.

Feisty Suances is the first foal of Good and Hot and is from his sire's first crop. He will be only the second Suances runner to try the turf.

Vienna admits the colt may not be 100 percent for Saturday's comeback, but thinks it will be a springboard to good things in the future.

"He's been around a lot of horses that rank among the best, and he's been competitive," Vienna said.

Feisty Suances will need to be very competitive to win Saturday's race against nine rivals. He will meet four other stakes winners, Quindici Man, coming off a win in the Pomona Derby; One Call, who won the Captain Boogie on the turf here this spring; Rockin Zola, who won the Luke Kruytbosch here opening day; and Frisky Ricky, who won the Arizona Stallion Stakes on the turf here this spring.

In the companion Chandler for fillies, Woody's Bluff will put her perfect 3-for-3 record over the turf course - including this spring's Scottsdale Handicap - on the line. She won her comeback on the turf here Oct. 20, capturing a 7 1/2-furlong allowance race.

Among her rivals is multiple stakes winner Dash Dot Dash, third when favored over Woody's Bluff in her turf debut in the Scottsdale. She is winless on the turf.

Justincredible, comes off a one-mile turf win at Santa Anita. German-bred Dextera has a win and a third in her past two turf starts at a mile at Santa Anita. Thelifeoftheparty, stakes-placed on the turf, is coming off a third-place finish in the Sun Devil here. Streakin' Nun is a three-time turf winner making her local turf debut.