03/20/2003 12:00AM

It's a whole new world for Hostility


PHOENIX - Southern California shipper Hostility finished second March 1 in the Cactus Cup Handicap at Turf Paradise, but she finds herself in a completely different situation in Saturday's $35,000 Scottsdale Handicap.

After a sluggish start from the rail in the Cactus Cup, a dirt sprint, the 3-year-old filly Hostility closed strongly to be second behind favored Top Penny. Since then Hostility has changed trainers from Paul Treasure to Kurt Calton. She also goes from dirt to turf and from a sprint to the one-mile Scottsdale.

Hostility has tried turf once, finishing eighth down the hill at Santa Anita in January. But she was beaten just more than three lengths, so the surface shouldn't be a problem. Hostility is by Devil His Due, so she is bred to handle a mile. O.A. Martinez Jr. keeps the mount on Hostility, the 120-pound co-highweight with Bertrando's Dare and Arch Lady.

Bertrando's Dare, trained by Kevin Lewis for Dennis Weir, has been freshened since finishing fifth in the Feb. 1 Arizona Oaks, beaten 25 lengths. She's capable of much better, as her Sun Devil win at a mile on the dirt here Jan. 11 attests. Bertrando's Dare is trying turf for the first time. Miguel Hernandez rides.

Arch Lady is another trying turf for the first time. Trained by Molly Pearson, Arch Lady has been consistent but still has just a maiden win to her credit. Seth Martinez rides Arch Lady, who breaks from the outside post.

Amanda Louise may be the spoiler, having won both her starts over this turf course against weaker company.

* Horses who finish in sixth- through last-place now each earn 1 percent of the race's purse. The change went into effect on Tuesday.