11/17/2011 1:59PM

Turf Paradise: Forest Mouse looks to make amends in Jack Coady


PHOENIX – Forest Mouse’s dominance on the Turf Paradise grass course got knocked back a bit when he took his perfect 3-for-3 mark into the Oct. 29 Walter R. Cluer Memorial at the Phoenix track only to finish fourth. He looks to re-establish himself in Saturday’s $35,000 Jack Coady Sr., a one-mile grass event for 3-year-olds that drew a field of eight.

Earlier on the card, seven 3-year-old fillies will knock heads going a mile on grass in the $35,000 Chandler Stakes.

The Coady was inaugurated in honor of the longtime photographer who died in August 2008. His family is using the occasion for something of a family reunion as a large number will be on hand to celebrate the family’s 50 years of winner’s circle and racetrack photography, not only at Turf Paradise but at numerous tracks around the country.

Forest Mouse, owned and trained by Mark Jensen, won the Tempe Handicap in his first grass attempt at Turf Paradise on March 19. He then easily won an optional claimer here April 19. After a late-summer hiatus, Forest Mouse returned here and romped over allowance foes on this course Oct. 14. That sent him into the Cluer Memorial as one of the favorites at 4-1. But he basically stayed in midpack during the race, which was for 3-year-olds and up, and finished fourth.

Jake Barton rides Forest Mouse in the move back to the colt’s own age group.

His opposition includes Southern California raider Ribat, who comes off a win on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita for trainer Melody Conlon; Big Blue Caboose, who won two straight on Assiniboia’s main track before setting the pace and finishing second behind Forest Mouse in that Oct. 14 allowance race; and Wicked Landlord, an impressive first-level allowance winner on this course Oct. 24.

◗ The Chandler figures to be a battle among Irenes Jackpot, Mundy, and Hard Seven. Irenes Jackpot won the Scottsdale on this course and at this one-mile distance March 19. After some solid work in Southern California she returned here and ran third in the Queen of the Green Oct. 29.

Mundy ran fourth, 1 1/2 lengths behind Irenes Jackpot in the Queen of the Green. Prior to that she led all the way to win a first-level allowance race here. Overall, she is 3 for 7 on grass.

Hard Seven finished second in her only turf start, which came at Kentucky Downs in September 2010. She ran second in the Arizona Juvenile Filly here last Dec. 26 and wasn’t seen again until Nov. 1 when she was second in an allowance race here. Hard Seven is by Rock Hard Ten, a superb grass sire, and she has worked strongly since her last race.