11/24/2008 12:00AM

No catching How's Your Halo


MIAMI – How's Your Halo, who had not won a race since July of 2007, showed a new dimension by running on the lead throughout to register a 3 1/4-length victory over the 6-5 Golden Spikes in Saturday's $55,000 Radar Love Stakes at Calder.

How's Your Halo, owned and trained by Brian Prichard, covered the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.42 over a fast track and paid $14.

How's Your Halo has had his moments despite going winless in 11 consecutive starts since beating allowance competition here 16 months earlier. A 5-year-old son of Halo's Image, he has been stakes-placed three times this season, including a second-place finish behind Benny the Bull in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap here on

July 12. He also finished fourth to champion sprinter Midnight Lute in the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga during the summer of 2007.

Despite having done his best from off the pace all year, How's Your Halo found himself on the lead from the outset of the Radar Love after expected pacesetter Ikigai broke last in a scratch-reduced field of eight. How's Your Halo withstood several challenges on the front end, shook free in early stretch, then gradually

extended his advantage while hugging the inside rail under regular jockey Juan Leyva.

Golden Spikes was allowed to settle off the leaders after an alert start, rallied four wide leaving the backstretch, could not keep up with How's Your Halo, but did manage to outfinish Lettie's Relic by a neck to be second.

Hey Byrn, winner of the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes earlier this year, turned in an even effort to finish fourth while making his first start since July.