03/13/2003 12:00AM

Fuse It has appetite for stakes wins


Fuse It has been eating like a horse, and that's bad news for the six fillies and mares she will face Saturday night when she shoots for her third straight stakes win in the $50,000 Azalea for statebreds at Delta Downs in Vinton, La.

"She's in the feed trough real good," said Samuel Breaux, who trains Fuse It. "She loves to eat, and whenever she's eating good, she's running good."

Fuse It, who can be expected to stalk the pace Saturday, is the one to beat in the five-furlong Azalea. Her win streak started Feb. 8 when she captured the $75,000 Pan Zareta at six furlongs at Fair Grounds.

One start later, Fuse It managed to stretch her speed two turns and win the $100,000 Magnolia at Delta Downs March 1 over champion Louisiana-bred mare Prized Amberpro.

She cuts back to one turn Saturday.

"I feel good about it, especially getting back sprinting after stretching out," said Breaux, who trains Fuse It for Rowell Enterprises. "For her, sprinting is her speciality.

"We'll just have to sit close enough to get them."

Fuse It, who won a five-furlong stakes at Delta last December, will be ridden by Gerard Melancon. He has been aboard the filly in each of her last two starts. Overall, Fuse It has won 7 of 22 starts and $271,615.

Light Fling, who has won 5 of 15 starts, could start as second choice in the Azalea. In her last start, she finished third in the Magnolia. Kerwin Clark has the mount for owner John Franks and trainer Bret Thomas.