08/31/2001 12:00AM

Halo Alo a clear-cut choice


WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Halo Alo will be the one to beat at Assiniboia Downs in Sunday's $26,000 North Dakota Futurity, a six-furlong race for 2-year-olds eligible through the North Dakota Thoroughbred Association.

Trained by Blair Miller, Halo Alo won a maiden special in his debut and then followed up with a win in the restricted North Dakota Stallion here Aug. 19.

Rohan Singh will be aboard Halo Alo, who breaks from post 3.

Trainer Ardell Sayler has won the North Dakota Futurity in two of the last three years and will look to improve on that record with Winaferd.

Fourth behind Halo Alo in his debut, Winaferd finished third against $12,500 maiden claimers in his second start Aug. 14. Alan Cuthbertson has the mount.

Nephrite's Best and Twilight Ladd also come out of the North Dakota Stallion.

Nephrite's Best dueled for the lead before fading to finish last and again should be part of the pace. Anderson Ward will ride for trainer Deb Hanson.

Twilight Ladd, who showed little, will be ridden by Jerry Pruitt.

Rounding out the field will be Yo Dan and the first-time starter Big R.

o Nominations for the $30,000 Assiniboia Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies here Sept. 9, closed Thursday. The nominees for the 1 1/16 mile Oaks are C.D. Kool, Frisky Lover, Kool Ninety Eight, Little Lolitta, Love Play, Maui Money, Ms. Lady Rose, Pettycashyou, and Step's Mischief.