05/01/2002 12:00AM

Brass Halo gets Lasix for feature


AUBURN, Wash. - Brass Halo will attempt to improve on his runner-up finish on opening day when he heads a field of a half-dozen 3-year-olds, all eligible to be claimed for $16,000, in Friday's 5 1/2-furlong feature at Emerald Downs.

Brass Halo, a 3-year-old son of Dixieland Brass who races for Dave and Pam Wood, did well to finish second when racing five furlongs for the same $16,000 claiming price on opening day. Trained by Eulia Bischoff, he had not raced since Feb. 10 at Portland Meadows, and he was bucking a potent speed bias that Got It to Go rode to an authoritative front-running victory. In addition, Brass Halo was reported to have bled that day. He will be given Lasix on Friday, when he will be ridden by Juan Gutierrez.

Before his local debut, Brass Halo compiled a win over maiden special weight company and three stakes placings in four outings at Portland Meadows.

Long on Pride and From Mars, who finished right behind Brass Halo in third and fourth on opening day, are among the top threats to Brass Halo in Friday's feature.

Also dangerous are Crystalaire, who finished second to $10,000 claiming company in a 5 1/2-furlong test a week ago at Emerald, and King Lex, who faded to eighth after pressing the early pace when meeting allowance company on April 20.

The final entrant, Rakhmones, will be making his Emerald Downs debut after a campaign at Turf Paradise that netted a maiden win over $8,000 company on March 1, when he was claimed by trainer Mylo Monson for owner Lawrence O'Brine.

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