07/12/2006 11:00PM

Halonator shoots for 10 straight


AUBURN, Wash. - Halonator will seek a 10th consecutive win on Saturday at Emerald Downs, but she will have to defeat a stakes-quality field to find it.

Halonator, a 5-year-old daughter of Delineator, notched her ninth win in a row against $5,000 starter allowance company on May 29. On Saturday, she will meet five other fillies and mares, three of them stakes winners, under $40,000 optional claiming conditions at 6 1/2 furlongs.

"I was hoping to run her in another starter allowance race, but they just wouldn't fill one for her," said trainer Dan Markle. "It was this race or nothing."

Halonator is herself a stakes winner, having concluded her 4-year-old campaign with a victory in the Belle Roberts Handicap for Washington-breds at 1 1/16 miles. She appeared to be taking a huge edge when she made her first start this year against $5,000 starter allowance rivals at six furlongs, but she won by only a neck over Amanda Lynn in 1:09.80.

The other stakes winners in the field are Swing'n Notes, Golden Pine, and Diamond Dollars. Diamond Dollars, who is one of two 3-year-olds entered, won three straight races, including a 10-length score in the 6 1/2-furlong Federal Way Handicap, before faltering to finish eighth in the recent Irish Day Handicap at a mile.

Rounding out the field are April Foolish and Forty Colors, who is the other 3-year-old. April Foolish will be making her Emerald debut after defeating $35,000 optional claimers at Hastings on June 10.