11/11/2010 1:22PM

Hot Fusion puts unbeaten streak on line while switching to turf


PHOENIX – Hot Fusion brings a 5-for-5 record into Saturday’s $25,000 Jack Coady Sr. Stakes at Turf Paradise, but he will be racing on grass for the first time and in new surroundings.

The Coady, a mile race for 3-year-olds, drew nine runners.

Hot Fusion, a gelded son of Marino Marini, easily won his first four starts, which came at the Elko County Fair in Nevada, including the Elko County Fair Thoroughbred Derby on Sept. 6. He took his show to Albuquerque on Oct. 10, and in his first try at a route led all the way to win by two lengths for an 88 Beyer Speed Figure. Eddie Garcia, who was up for the win at Albuquerque, comes in for the mount for trainer Shawn Davis.

Slews Approval may be Hot Fusion’s most dangerous rival. He was fourth in the Walter R. Cluer against older horses going a mile on this course Oct. 23, beaten 1 1/4 lengths. A three-time winner over the course, Slews Approval now is back in with his own age group.

Midget Man and St Patricks Appeal, first and third in a second-level allowance race on the turf Oct. 30, could have a say.

In the co-feature, Wenden looks to validate her huge comeback win on dirt locally on Oct. 11 when she heads a field of 12 3-year-old fillies in the $25,000 Chandler Stakes, scheduled for one mile on turf.

Wenden began her career at Turf Paradise 11 months ago with an easy maiden win in a dirt sprint. She was then off until she won in the mud locally on March 9 and then easily won a turf sprint April 26. That sent her to Southern California, where she was second to the stakes-winning Bob Baffert filly Excellent News at Hollywood Park on May 23.

Wenden tailed off afterward, though, finishing fourth at Hollywood on June 16 and sixth on July 17. She was freshened and returned to Turf Paradise on Oct. 11, winning a main-track allowance sprint by 11 lengths. Wenden now moves back to turf for trainer Sandi Gann. Adolfo Morales rides.

Let’s Dream Again is an interesting new face from Kentucky for red-hot trainer Mike Chambers, who won with 8 of his first 13 starters this meet. She won on the turf at Churchill Downs on June 25 and then on the turf at Ellis Park on Aug. 7. Let’s Dream Again has been off since finishing ninth in the Kentucky Cup Ladies Turf at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 11.

Amber Got Even and Got an Itch just ran one-two in an allowance at about 7 1/2 furlongs on this course; Cell Line Forever has won both her starts on this course, including a romping 4 1/4-length score going a mile Oct. 26. Glendive returns from a layoff after facing tough Southern California foes in spring and summer, and is 2 for 3 on this course.