06/07/2005 11:00PM

Keep an eye out for Halos Sailing Sain


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Halos Sailing Sain, a promising 3-year-old, will turn up somewhere at Monmouth Park this weekend. Trainer Joe Orseno entered Halos Sailing Sain in a six-furlong allowance race on Friday, but he is not a lock for that spot. Orseno also nominated Halos Sailing Sain to Monmouth's $60,000 Coronado's Quest Stakes for 3-year-olds going six furlongs on Saturday.

Another option for Halos Sailing Sain would be an allowance race Saturday restricted to 3-year-olds; Halos Sailing Sain would face older runners on Friday.

One thing is certain: Halos Sailing Sain is a colt with a bright future. He has run only three times and has improved his Beyer Speed Figures with each start, going from 69 to 76 to an 84 in the opening weekend of the meet, when he won his maiden. Not bad for a horse claimed for $25,000 in his debut at Gulfstream Park in January.

"He is certainly moving in the right direction," said Orseno, who took over the training for Halos Sailing Sain's last start. "I think we need to get one more into him before we stretch him out. He trains like a horse that wants to go long."

Among the other horses entered for Friday's six-furlong race, Hooloomooloo and I'm Only Laughing also posted career-best Beyers in their last outing.

Hooloomooloo, a $15,000 claim by trainer Steve Krebs on April 10, scored a 10 1/2-length win in his first start for the new barn at Philadelphia Park and earned a 90 Beyer.

I'm Only Laughing, like Halos Sailing Sain, has run only three times and also won his maiden last time out at Monmouth, earning a 91 Beyer.

A solid weekend stakes lineup

In addition to the Coronado's Quest, Monmouth has four other stakes lined up this weekend.

The $65,000 Longfellow for sprinters and the $60,000 Battlefield at 1 1/8 miles are on also on tap for Saturday. The $60,000 Politely for fillies and mares on the grass and the $60,000 Spruce Fir Handicap for New Jersey-bred distaff routers headline the Sunday card.

American Freedom, the upset winner of the Grade 3 Red Bank Handicap on May 28, comes right back on short rest in the Battlefield for trainer Jamie Woodington.

More Smoke to skip Coronado's Quest

Trainer John Zimmerman says More Smoke has nothing to prove in the Coronado's Quest. A son of Smoke Glacken, More Smoke already whipped similar competition in the Select Stakes at Monmouth on May 21.

So Zimmerman decided to pass on the Coronado's Quest to wait for Monmouth's Grade 3, $150,000 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes for 3-year-olds on July 4.

"I like to give him lots of time between races," Zimmerman said. "We also need to see how he handles the step up. We have to think down the road about getting more graded victories to help him after his racing career."

More Smoke has five wins and has never finished off the board in eight career starts. His victories include a 14 1/2-length romp in the Grade 3 Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland.

Walters in charge of Dutrow division

Larry Walters, a new name among Monmouth trainers, is actually an old hand at the racetrack.

Walters is the Monmouth-based trainer for the Richard Dutrow Jr., and all the horses in the stable are currently running in Walters's name while Dutrow serves a 60-day suspension for two medication positives and a violation of claiming rules in New York.

Walters said he enjoys the challenge of running the barn.

"I was trained by the late Richard Dutrow and worked for him a number of years," Walters said of Dutrow's father. "There is one way we do it around here, and that's the Dutrow way. The man was a great horseman. I've been in the business 30 years, and I've been affiliated with the family that long."

The "Dutrow way" produces high-percentage results. The Dutrow barn was fourth in the Monmouth standings in 2004, winning 24 races from only 79 starters.

Walters has also been an assistant for trainers Buddy Delp and Ben Perkins Sr.