09/30/2011 1:08PM

Zia Park: Queen Greeley tries Hayley's Halo yet again


Queen Greeley has raced more recently than Hayley’s Halo, and that might give her the edge she needs in Sunday’s $60,000 Chaves County at Zia Park to turn the tables on the filly she has chased home four times this year.

“It’s got to be a benefit, but I haven’t beat her yet,” said Todd Fincher, who trains Queen Greely. “We’ll try again.”

Queen Greeley, a multiple stakes winner who is 5 for 12, and Hayley’s Halo, who has won three straight stakes, are the major players in the Chaves County. A field of six fillies and mares will go in the one-mile race, which will be Hayley’s Halo’s first start since June 28.

Queen Greeley last raced on July  24, winning the $40,000 Columbine at Arapahoe Park by five lengths. She now gets another shot at Hayley’s Halo, who she finished second to in both a six-furlong stakes at Ruidoso Downs in May and a seven-furlong stakes at SunRay Park in June.

Fincher likes the added distance of the Chaves County.

“I think she’s better at a mile, for sure” he said. “I think that is going to help. Hayley’s Halo is a good mare. I need every advantage I can get to beat her.”

Queen Greeley breezed a near-bullet five furlongs in 1:00.60 in her final prep for the Chaves County on Sept. 19. Juan Ochoa has the mount for owners Barbara and Chris Coleman.

Hayley’s Halo began her current streak with a seven-length win in the $50,000 Czaria at Sunland Park on April 9. She will be seeking her fifth stakes win of the year Sunday, with her other score coming in the $50,000 El Dario at Sunland in February. In that race she defeated a field that included Queen Greeley.

Henry Dominguez trains Hayley’s Halo, a daughter of Sea of Secrets who is 9 for 18 in her career. She races for Lathrop Hoffman and is to be ridden by Alejandro Medellin.

Others set to start in the Chaves County include Pyrite on My Mind, a multiple stakes-placed filly making her third start back from an extended layoff, and Miss Heather Lee, who in December 2009 was second to Blind Luck in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet.