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Halonatorís stread ends with April Foolish

July 16, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Constanzo
Auburn, WA (July15) - April Foolish made the trip from Hastings Park to challenge Halonator's domination of the Auburn oval, and the Canadian invader successfully ended Halonator's winning streak at nine when taking the Saturday feature at Emerald Downs.

Breaking from post three with Kevin Krigger in the saddle, April Foolish stalked the pace from two lengths back in the 6 Ĺ-furlong $40,000 optional claiming allowance.

Halonator, ridden by Kevin Radke, broke alertly and was rushed to the lead out of the gate. Diamond Dollars, a 3-year-old filly making her first start with older horses, caught Halonator by the first call and pushed her head in front while setting fractions of 21 4/5 seconds for the quarter-mile and 44 2/5 at the half mile.

Diamond Dollars held the lead as the field entered the stretch while April Foolish stalked from the outside. "She kept pulling me on with every step," Krigger said. "I saw Halonator and that other filly (Diamond Dollars) battling and I knew it was set up perfect for me."

Once in the lane, Krigger angled out April Foolish for the run to the wire, and with a sixteenth of a mile left in the race, the mare found the front.

"She's never run anywhere but Hastings Park," said Roy Jacobson, a co-owner of April Foolish. "This was her first time away from home, but she has a big stride and we thought she'd do well on a mile track. She can run on the front or from off the pace."

April Foolish finished the race in 1:16 and paid $5.20 and $2.80 and $2.40 for the win. Diamond Dollars hung on to finish second returning $3.80 and $3.40, while Swingn' Notes came up the rail to finish third, paying $3.20 for show.

Halonator crossed the wire fourth. The daughter of Delineator set an Emerald Downs record with nine consecutive wins beginning in 2005. She has won 10 of 19 races lifetime, with all of her victories coming at Emerald Downs.

* Jockey Juan Gutierrez had a riding triple on the Saturday card. He won the first race aboard Winning Weave, the sixth race with Joe's Lady, before completing the hat-trick in the seventh with Stormy At Last.