Halonator's Winning Streak Snapped at Nine

Halonator's nine-race winning streak ended Saturday when Hastings Park shipper April Foolish captured the day's feature event at at Emerald Downs.

A 5-year-old mare, ridden by Kevin Radke, Halonator settled for fourth in the $40,000 optional claiming allowance race after being outrun for the early lead in the 6 1/2-furlong event by Diamond Dollars.

Halonator, Washington-bred daughter of Delineator trained by Dan Markle for owners Sue and Tim Spooner, set an Emerald Downs record with nine consecutive wins, a streak that began in a $4,000 claiming race on April 30, 2005. She has won 10 of 20 races lifetime, with all of her races coming at Emerald Downs.

Breaking from post three with Kevin Krigger in the saddle, April Foolish stalked the pacesetters from about two lengths back, taking the lead from Diamond Dollars in the final furlong after an early pace of :21 4/5 and :44 2/5. The final time was 1:16.

"I saw Halonator and (Diamond Dollars) battling and I knew it was set up perfect for me," Krigger said.

April Foolish, a 6-year-old mare trained by Mark Rheinford, 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.

(Chart, Equibase)