Fuse It Charges to Victory in Red Camelia

Fuse It became a two-time stakes winner at the Fair Grounds meet Sunday, winning the $100,000 Red Camelia Handicap for Louisiana bred mares by a length over Mysia Jo.

Owned by Rowell Enterprises Inc. and trained by Sam Breaux, Fuse It transferred her terrific dirt form to the turf, finishing about a mile on the Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:42.46 with Gerard Melancon aboard.

"Gerard told me we would not let Shane's horse (Leslie's Love, ridden by Shane Sellers) go on an easy pace," Breaux said. "We had her placed just where we wanted her to be. She just keeps trucking along. She's done everything we've asked of her this year and now she deserves a vacation."

Fuse It returned $6.40, $3.00 and $2.80. Mysia Jo finished a neck in front of Sarah's Script in the field of eight. Rancha Fresa's coupled entry of Wild Squaw and Mysia Jo was the 8-5 favorite.

"She was rank early, but I felt she was really strong," winning rider Melancon said. "The front end here at the Fair Grounds is tough on the turf, so I wanted to be second or third. When I turned for home, I knew Shane had horse, but my filly was so game. She gave me everything down the lane."

Racing for the sixth time this year, Fuse It collected her third win, all in stakes company. Fuse It, a 5-year-old mare by Lite The Fuse, increased her career earnings to $342,615 with her eighth win from 24 starts.

(Chart, Equibase)