Rain Puts a Charge in Super Fuse

Chris Thomas Olrick's Super Fuse, making only his second start outside of South Florida and his first start on a sloppy racetrack, pulled away in the stretch for a 3 ¼-length victory Sunday afternoon over favored American Mon in the six-furlong Huntington for 2-year-olds.

It was the fourth win in five starts for Super Fuse, whose sire, Lite The Fuse, won the Carter and Tom Fool Handicaps in New York in 1995.

This one, however, did not start out easy.

"He ripped his blinkers off coming out of the gate," said winning trainer Richard Ciardullo Jr. "I don't know how it happened. After that happened, Carlos (Gonzalez, jockey) thought he should keep the horse aroused and make sure another horse doesn't get outside of him."

Gonzalez hustled his mount up close to Buzzy's Gold, who got the first quarter in :22 before taking charge for good on the turn after a half on :45 1/5. He won under Gonzalez' left-handed whip in 1:10 2/5, returning $8.10 to win.

American Mon was a 1 /2 length ahead of First Blush, who nosed Conservation for the show. Dr. Walsh, Buzzy's Gold and Second in Command trailed, while Gators N Bears was eased early. Silver Squire was scratched.

(Chart, Equibase)