05/27/2004 12:00AM

'Aloha' able to do it all


BOSSIER CITY, La. - There is not likely to be a more evenly matched field in a sprint stakes in the region all summer than the one assembled for Saturday's King's Court at Louisiana Downs. Four of the six are coming off sharp allowance or high-priced optional claiming wins while the remaining two faced graded company in their last start.

The six-furlong King's Court carries a $50,000 purse and will be the 11th event of a 12-race program that launches the extended holiday weekend.

Aloha Bold, a 6-year-old trained by Wes Hawley for Michael Cooper, was an impressive winner in the slop in his last start, an open allowance sprint at Lone Star that was rained off the turf. Prior to that, he turned in a solid third-place performance while facing the crack sprinter Shake You Down in the Grade 3 Count Fleet Handicap at Oaklawn Park.

Aloha Bold sports an impressive 11-for-23 career mark and is equally effective controlling the pace or stalking it. Lonnie Meche, who also rode King's Court entrants Ole Rebel and I'm Majestic in their most recent start, takes the return call on Aloha Bold, the highweight at 124 pounds.

Electrode, winner of the Island Whirl Handicap here last November, returns to his favorite oval, where he is 4 for 6, off a 3 1/2-length win in optional claiming company at Lone Star in April. After a couple of subpar efforts at Oaklawn to begin his campaign, Electrode appears to be back on track for trainer Cole Norman. Roman Chapa rides at 117 pounds.

Norman will also saddle former turf specialist Dash for Daylight. Claimed for $45,000 at Oaklawn in March for Ken Murphy Thoroughbreds, Dash for Daylight made a rare appearance sprinting on the main track in his last start. The 7-year-old Dash for Daylight shook clear through the stretch against allowance foes at Lone Star. John Jacinto will ride.

Was My Case, who raced here last fall while just starting through his conditions, has made so much progress for owner Jeff Rand and trainer Terry Brennan that he made his most recent start in the Grade 3 Count Fleet.

Was My Case earned a crack at graded stakes competition off the strength of an eye-opening win at Oaklawn on March 19. Racing with the pace that day, he drew clear with authority and earned a 103 Beyer Figure. A repeat would put him in the hunt on Saturday. Brennan has given the call to Luis Quinonez.