08/03/2006 11:00PM

Halo Steven seeks fourth straight win


EDMONTON, Alberta - Halo Steven, winner of the Alberta Derby at Stampede Park on June 17, heads a field of eight 3-year-olds in Sunday's $50,000 Count Lathum at Northlands Park. The 1 1/16-mile Count Lathum is the final local prep for the Grade 3, $300,000 Canadian Derby, a 1 3/8-mile race here Aug. 26.

Halo Steven, a Florida-bred, drew post 7 as he seeks his fourth consecutive victory.

Earlier this year, Halo Steven won a starter allowance at Santa Anita and the Jim Coleman Handicap at Hastings. Halo Steven, the 122-pound highweight, makes his first start since winning the Alberta Derby under Pedro Alvarez. Trainer Stuart Simon has named Stephan Heiler to ride Halo Steven.

Chile's Quest and Rey Del Camino, both based in Vancouver, will challenge Halo Steven.

Chile's Quest, trained by Terry Jordan and ridden by Chad Hoverson, is coming off a victory against $50,000 optional claimers at Arlington Park. Rey Del Camino, trained by David Forster and ridden by Jake Barton, was third in the Ky Alta here on July 15.

The well-traveled Bear Character won the Ky Alta after finishing fourth in the Alberta Derby.

Bell n'Gone, beaten a neck as the runner-up in the one-mile Ky Alta as the 3-2 favorite, has the rail.

Wye Road is coming off two allowance wins. Teagues Fight an allowance race by 6 1/2 lengths in his last start, and Naapinowaan was stakes-placed in the Hoofprint on My Heart.