06/01/2006 11:00PM

Big Beyers point out Halo Steven


VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Halo Steven looks like the one to beat in the $50,000 Jim Coleman Province Stakes at Hastings Sunday. The 1 1/16-mile feature drew nine horses and goes as the eighth race.

Like many of the horses entered in the Jim Coleman Province, Halo Steven will be going around three turns for the first time. Halo Steven is coming off a smart win in 6 1/2-furlong, $40,000 starter race at Santa Anita April 15, earning a 94 Beyer Speed Figure. Actually, Halo Steven's last three Beyer Figures are better than any his competitors have ever earned, and if he can handle the extra distance, he'll be tough to beat.

Halo Steven is trained by Terry Jordan, who named Pedro Alvarado to ride.

The Budget Stable-owned entry of Outrageous Limit and Potrero Station should attract plenty of mutuel support. Trained by Janet Armstrong, Potrero Station won the 6 1/2-furlong Klondike Stakes May 6. Outrageous Limit won and was claimed out of a one-mile $75,000 maiden claiming race at Santa Anita April 21.

With the speedy Windy Day in the field there's a good chance the pace will be quick. Windy Day led from start to finish to win three straight 1 1/16-mile claiming races in northern California before shipping to Stampede Park, where he went unplaced in the Presidents Handicap May 6.

The only proven stakes horse at 1 1/16 miles in the field is Mighty Cahill.