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Iowa Greyhound Assn. 2015 annual meeting|
Posted by Admin on Friday, November 13 @ 07:54:42 CST (69 reads)
Just a reminder: Tomorrow is the
Iowa Greyhound Assn. 2015 annual meeting
November 14.2015 at 10 AM to 2 PM
Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino, Altoona, IA.
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Jerry Cole Trainer of the Year at IGP|
Posted by Admin on Sunday, November 01 @ 20:02:15 CST (150 reads)
DUBUQUE, Iowa – Jerry Cole of the Superior Kennel at the Iowa Greyhound Park found being named the Trainer of the Year a “little bit of a shock. I was not expecting it.”
Looking at the numbers, the award seems to be a no-brainer. The Superior Kennel easily had the best season at IGP in 2015, producing the most victories, by more than 60, than any other kennel.
Cole came to Superior three years ago.
“I found out they were looking for a trainer,” Cole remembered, “and we hit it off during the interview.”
No stranger in the business, Cole has been a trainer for 30 years; this year’s success is understandable.
“You learn a lot everyday,” said Cole. “You try to keep to the same routine every day. There are no real secrets.
“We’ve had some pretty good greyhounds,” said Cole. “That makes your job easier. You have to have good greyhounds to win and we’ve been lucky.”
The run of greyhounds started with Superior Product and Superior Marine, Cole said.
This year nine of the top 20 greyhounds at IGP raced for Superior. Hilco Magnum won 12 times. O Ya Cindra won 11 times. O Ya Katt Daddy won nine times including the $30,000 Future Stars Stakes; Hilco Supersonic won eight times; O Ya Chewie won eight times as did Hilco Tease and Hilco Kc Kidd. Superior Canard and Superior Flash each won seven times. O Ya Lacey won the IGA Maiden Debut.
“I wasn’t expecting that much of Canard,” Cole said, “but he surprised me. He came along and made the final of the ($135,000) Iowa Breeders Cup.”
The other aspect of Superior Kennel is the human side and that is an important part in the season, the Trainer of the Year explained.
“My assistants, Joanna Kups and her mother, Jay, always do a great job,” Cole said.
“Our kennel owners, Alan Hill and Jeff Cole, deserve a lot of credit for getting the greyhounds ready to come to the track.
“All of them make this job easier.”
Story by Steve Sigafoose
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2015 $500,000 IA Breeder Fnal by Steve Sigafoose|
Posted by Admin on Sunday, November 01 @ 19:46:05 CST (49 reads)
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – From the first time Boc’s Hank Jr put his paws on the track he glowed of greatness. On Saturday, Oct. 31, at Bluffs Run, Hank fulfilled that greatness with a beautiful box-to-wire performance to win the 30th edition of the $500,000 Iowa Breeders Classic by a solid four lengths in a smart time of 30.15 seconds for the 5-16 mile course.
“Hank deserved it,” Boeckenstedt Kennel trainer Philip Stapleton said. “He’s been running hard all year.”
That Hank was even in the IBC was a last-minute decision that had everyone in the kennel on edge.
Hank, a 73-pounder, born Feb. 5, 2013 out of Kiowa Mon Manny – Boc’s Miss Rodeo, was put on the sideline with a sprained ankle in the semifinal of September’s $60,000 Finale. Stapleton said, at that time, the pup would not run in the IBC unless he was completely back to form.
“Hank came along slowly,” Stapleton said. “Then all of a sudden he felt good and he wanted to go after that. We had to decide the morning of the last schooling races so he would be eligible to enter. He was looking good, so he ran the schooling race and he won it.”
Two early victories in the four qualifying rounds helped Hank make the championship field.
The pup drew the four box for the title race, which was of some concern since Hank could find trouble now and then.
But to Stapleton “the four box didn’t worry me. He was a little tired after the semifinal race. Having the week off until the final was nice."
A refreshed Boc’s Hank Jr popped the four box and “that didn’t surprise me,” Stapleton said. “From there he can cover ground to the first turn.”
With the lead from the start, Hank never missed a step in completing his box-to-wire victory.
“You always worry about the greyhounds behind you,” Stapleton said. “But I was more surprised that the one chasing him was Boc’s John Luke. As for Hank, he just kept stretching out the lead, by the time he reached the third (far) turn, he was five lengths ahead.”
With the win Boc’s Hank Jr moves to 40-23-5-6.
Making a nice late move of his own was No Big Deal (Hardison), 48-16-9-5, who rallied from fourth to take second late in the homestretch.
“We liked him getting the one box,” said Sandy Pfluger of the kennel. “He gave a good performance.”
Sent off as the longshot in the field at 20-1, Boc’s John Luke’s, 29-8-3-4, third place finish was impressive for the four year old who was Bluffs Run’s Greyhound of the Year in 2014."
“John Luke was feeling good,” said Stapleton. “It would not have surprised me if he had won.”
Enjoying Life (Plum Creek), 25-7-6-2, just missed third as she closed in the homestretch. Boc’s Gasguzzier (Boeckenstedt), 46-13-12-6, also rallied in the homestretch and just missed finishing fourth.
There was a space of five lengths to Jd Debutante (Seastrom-Lovely), 50-9-3-8, who nipped kennelmate Helpme Helpyou, 32-13-3-2, in the battle for sixth place.
The disappointment in the race was Boc’s Sailfish (Boeckenstedt), 43-18-9-7. The winner of the $60,000 Secretary’s Choice and the $60,000 Finale this year, Sailfish had been made the 8-5 favorite by the patrons who like him in the eight box. But he broke sixth and faded late to finish eighth.
In handing out the purse, Boc’s Hank Jr earned $235,000; No Big Deal got $117,500; Boc’s John Luke won $47,000 and Enjoying Life won $23,500. The fifth through eighth place finishes each got $11,750.
For the patrons, Boc’s Hank Jr, sent off as the fifth favorite, paid $11.80, $7.60 and $6.20; No Big Deal paid $4.60 and $4.00 and Boc’s John Luke paid $6.80. The 1-4 quiniela paid $36.20; the 4-1 exacta paid $84.00; the 4-1-5-6 .10 superfecta paid $104.00 and the 4-1-5 trifecta paid $388.40 and $776.80.
“We had five greyhounds in the final in 2013 and didn’t win,” Stapleton remembered, “and we had four in the final last year and didn’t win. Now we won it. It is nice to be lucky.”
Iowa Breeders Classic champions
2015 – Boc’s Hank Jr (Boeckenstedt)
2014 - Hilco Klassy (Bean & Stout)
2013 - SH Avatar (Hardison)
2012 - SH Avatar (Hardison)
2011 - Angel Tree (Blake & Black Kennel)
2010 - RJ's Al (Bean & Stout)
2009 - Boc's Skippy Lou (Boeckenstedt)
2008 - Boc's Bullseye (Boeckenstedt)
2007 - KJ's Yukon Gold (Mickim)
2006 - Flame's Nash (Legg)
2005 - Boc's Big League (Rider)
2004 - RA Blazer (Blake)
2003 - RR Salty Dawg (Plum Creek)
2002 - Cravin A Win (Haynes)
2001 - RJ's Meteorite (Mickim)
2000 - Be My Bubba (Wilhite)
1999 - Cals Prime Time (Wilhite)
1998 - AY's Whippem (Yates-Firestone)
1997 - Noble Titan (River Bluffs)
1996 - Con Man Mike (Mickim) <
1995 - Sally Uhl (River Bluffs)
1994 - Highplains Sarah (Lockhart)
1993 -Racy Miss (Hardison)
1992 - Moto Anna (Boyd)
1991 -Full Circuit (Sellman)
1990 - Jim Driver (Mullen)
1989 - AC Gallant Nathe (Paulk)
1988 - Down Two (Taylor)
1987 - Down Two (Taylor)
1986 - Flamboyant Flo (Henry)
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2015 $135,000 Iowa Breeders Cup Stakes at IGP|
Posted by Admin on Monday, October 26 @ 11:09:49 CDT (38 reads)
DUBUQUE, Iowa – AJ’s Callie ignored a tightly bunch field of rivals behind her and raced off to a three-length triumph in the 2015 $135,000 Iowa Breeders Cup Stakes at Iowa Greyhound Park on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Callie broke fifth from the one box and led by a length in the early going before pulling away late. The triumph was in sharp contrast for the 57-pounder, born June 3, 2013 out of Pat C Clement – Uss Cool Choice, to her fourth round effort in the qualifiers. There a first turn collision sent her to last-place finish.
“She had her hole,” explained Jackson Greyhound trainer Jack Shaver about the qualifier, “but she got shut off early.”
In the championship race, with IGP Greyhound of the Year Wild Bill Reeves coming out of the seven box, AJ’s Callie wasn’t giving much notice and Shaver wasn’t too surprised at that.
“Nobody gave her a shot,” Shaver said, “mostly because she runs mid track and wide. But take a closer look at her lines; she has won out of the one and two boxes.”
Besides, with the exception of the fourth round collision “she has been running well of late,” Shaver said. “Now she is not going to come from behind but with the lead she is a better greyhound than not.”
And when it counted the most AJ’s Callie, 29-7-4-3, was a better greyhound.
“This is the first Iowa Breeders win for (co-owner) Jeff Junk,” pointed out Shaver. “He is so happy.”
The other seven greyhounds finished in a bunch. While three lengths separated Callie from runner-up Go Lucky Darla (Black), 22-9-4-2, only two lengths separated Darla from the last-place finisher.
Third went to Bs Rebel (Copper Kettle), 32-8-6-4, a half length out of second. Rebel had a nice rally after running sixth early on.
The longshot in the field ($12.30 on the dollar) Pg Sudden Impact (XTREM Racing), 31-9-4-7, was fourth, four lengths back.
Another half-length back was Superior Canard (Superior), 27-7-8-4, who faded just a bit at the finish.
Sixth was XKT Dave Turin (XTREM Racing), 17-4-3-3, who rallied a bit late. Seventh was XK Thisones Foru (XTREM Racing), 20-6-4-7, who faded late.
That left Wild Bill Reeves (Copper Kettle), 26-12-1-5, in last place as the major disappointment in the final. Reeves, the IGP’s Greyhound of the Year, broke seventh and simple did not respond.
For the patrons, AJ’s Callie paid $13.20, $6.20 and $4.80; Go Lucky Darla paid $5.60 and $4.20 and Bs Rebel paid $6.20.
The 1-2 quiniela paid $31.80; the 1-2-5 tri box paid $321.10; the 1-2-5-3 .10 superfecta paid $135.60 and the 4-5-1 $1 pic 3 paid $99.70.
Story by Steve Sigafoose
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$7,500 Iowa Bred Consolation race at IGP|
Posted by Admin on Monday, October 26 @ 10:54:25 CDT (39 reads)
DUBUQUE, Iowa – If there was ever a time when you wanted a greyhound to be able to give a post-race interview, this was the time. That is because Boc’s Dakota Boy did on Saturday, Oct. 24, in the $7,500 Iowa Bred Consolation what every athlete in every sport would want to do.
“You mean,” voiced one veteran observer, “he is running in Grade A and winning a stakes race and you are retiring him?”
Yep, Dakota Boy won the Consolation in his final appearance on the greyhound race track.
“He’s unbelievable,” said Boeckenstedt Kennel trainer Mike Curran. “He’s four and a half years old and he goes to work every day. Now he is going into the adoption program. He deserves a good home.”
The racing granddaddy popped the four box and gave a box-to-wire performance. At one point Dakota Boy led by four lengths.
“When he goes to the front,” Curran said, “that’s his style, there he is tough.”
In the homestretch Boc’s Dakota Boy found himself pressed by kennelmate Boc’s Circleking who was making a charge after breaking fifth.
“Circleking was coming on,” said Curran, “but I was yelling at him to stay back and let Dakota Boy win.”
He did and Boc’s Dakota Boy, set out of the box as a 13-1 longshot, posted a half-length verdict in his final show on the track. He finished 25-5-4-2 for the season.
Boc’s Circleking, 30-5-9-1, easily held second in what proved to be a two greyhound race.
Running third, but seven lengths back, was Oya Infrared (Superior), 28-7-3-4.
Jd Unsung Hero (Stidham), 26-6-3-1, who had challenged early, was fourth, two lengths back of third and just a nose ahead of fifth.
The disappointment was Bcs Old Glory (Boeckenstedt), 32-13-3-7. The favorite had a chance to be the co-leader in wins for the season but fell back early.
“She’s young and she will be a good one,” Curran said. “She wants the outside. She just had bad luck with the draw in getting the one box.”
Improv (Hardison), 25-4-3-2, was sixth, 11 lengths behind while Classy Wolverine (Superior), 17-5-5-3, and Hilco Kalvin (Superior), 17-2-4-3, completed the field
Boc’s Dakota Boy paid $28.00, $9.40 and $11.80; Boc’s Circleking paid $8.40 and $6.80; Oya Infrared paid $7.00.
The 4-8 quiniela paid $104.60; the 4-8-5 tri box paid $489.30 and the 4-8-5-6 .10 superfecta paid $333.07.
story by Steve Sigafoose
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2015 IGP AU Revior by Steve Sigafoose|
Posted by Admin on Monday, October 26 @ 09:55:43 CDT (36 reads)
DUBUQUE, Iowa – Jackson Greyhounds trainer Jack Shaver was almost in a daze after the final race on the Saturday, Oct. 24, program at the Iowa Greyhound Park.
In a sport that enjoys its exotic wagering this is some kind of trifecta.
First the kennel wins the Secretary’s Choice with Slatex Elvis; then hits the big one, winning the $135,000 Iowa Breeders Cup Stakes with AJ’s Callie and then finishes off the trifecta by winning the Au Revoir Stakes with Ms Makenna.
“You can’t beat a day like this,” said Shaver. “We all come to work and do our jobs. (Kennel owner) Mike Jackson is a great guy to work for and you hope to get the good draws for your greyhounds.”
Speaking of draws “I thought it was great when Ms Makenna drew the two box (for the Au Revoir,” said Shaver.
Makenna, a 56 pounder, born May 6, 2013 out of Rhythmless – Sugar Foot Drive, had been running in the 5-16 mile races, but Shave had nominated her for this Dubuque course (just a hair short of a 3-8 mile test) race.
“She is better at the 3-8 distance,” Shaver said, “and she is real tough on the lead.”
The lead is exactly what Ms Makenna got very early on. She was out to a comfortable margin and cruised to a three-length decision.
“(With that lead) I wasn’t worried about anybody behind her,” Shaver admitted. “I simply didn’t feel anyone would beat her in that race.”
With the stakes, Ms Makenna finished the 2015 season at IGP with a 29-6-7-3 record.
UB Luscious Lu (XTREM Racing), 17-4-1-1, broke fifth and rallied a bit to take second, a length and a half ahead of Boc’s Trucker (Boeckenstedt), 26-3-2-4.
There was a gap to the favorite, O Ya Sweet Annie (Superior), 13-2-3-2, who finished fourth but nine lengths back.
Pat C Rap Rap (Collins – Schmidt), 27-4-3-2, nipped Princess Maddy (Copper Kettle), 23-4-2-2, in the battle for fifth place, three lengths out of fourth and a length ahead of Roc a By Shu Box (Jackson Greyhounds), 27-5-2-4.
That left Boc’s Billy Bob (Boeckenstedt), 26-2-5-4, to complete the field.
Ms Makenna paid $8.20, $4.20 and $3.60; Ub Luscious Lu paid $7.20 and $6.00 and Bob’s Trucker paid $5.00.
The 2-3 quiniela paid $24.20; the 2-3-1 tri box paid $74.20 and the 2-3-1-7 .10 superfecta paid $68.65.
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I G P Secretary’s Choice Stakes by Steve Sigafoose|
Posted by Admin on Monday, October 26 @ 09:40:52 CDT (107 reads)
DUBUQUE, Iowa - Slatex Elvis was not only in the house Saturday, Oct. 24, for the Secretary’s Choice Stakes, part of the Iowa Greyhound Park’s season finale, Elvis brought down the house with a solid four-length verdict.
The triumph was the icing on the cake for the 70-pounder, born July 30, 2013 out of Kiowa Mon Manny – Slatex Pluto. The win gives Elvis a record of 32-14-7-2 for the 2015 season at IGP, good enough for the track’s win title. Bcs Old Glory missed her shot at tying Elvis a few races later.
“We felt he has been the best sprinter here (at the Iowa Greyhound Park) all year long,” said Jackson Greyhounds trainer Jack Shaver said. “He’s beaten the best here all year.”
Elvis broke on top from the five box, always a plus, but, on the other hand, “having the five,” Shaver pointed out, “didn’t concern us as long as he had room to move.”
Halfway down the frontstretch Slatex Elvis was challenged by Pat C Apollo J (Collins – Schmidt), who broke second from the four box. But Elvis started putting distance between the pair as the field worked its way around the first turn. In the backstretch the lead was a dominating six lengths,
“The only greyhound I was worried about was the six (My Motorsrunnin of the Superior Kennel),” Shaver said. “He has a huge backside. He has caught Elvis on a slower rail track.”
But the rail wasn’t slow and Elvis had no intention of getting caught.
“He ran a great race,” Shaver said.
Pat C Apollo J, 23-4-9-3, could only chase and pick up the second-place money. He finished a half-length ahead of Jd Spark Plug (Stidham), 28-8-6-5, who ran third throughout the race.
My Motorsrunnin, 27-6-7-6, broke last and rallied to take fourth, six and a half lengths back.
A length and a half back in fifth was the longshot in the field, Crv’s Turn Back (Ward), 30-5-3-4, who left the box at 14.50 on the dollar.
Sixth was A Man Named Joe (Copper Kettle), 29-8-2-5, 10 lengths back. Boc’s Recon (Boeckenstedt), 28-7-7-1, nipped Dk’s All In (Hardison), 9-3-0-0, for seventh.
Slatex Elvis rewarded the patrons by paying $5.40, $3.60 and $3.00. Pat C Apollo J paid $5.40 and $4.40. Jd Spark Plug paid $4.80.
The 4-5 quiniela paid $23.40; the 5-4-3 tri box paid $109.50; the 5-4-3-6 .10 superfecta paid $29.61 and the 1-1-5-5 .10 pick 4 paid $168.38.
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Bluffs Run IB semifinals by Steve Sigafoose|
Posted by Admin on Monday, October 26 @ 09:19:07 CDT (45 reads)
The Boeckenstedt Kennel heavyweights filled half of the spots in the championship field for the 30th edition of the $500,000 Iowa Breeders Classic after the dust had settled following the semifinal races at Bluffs Run on Saturday, Oct. 24.
But, hey, those other four greyhounds in the final are pretty good too.
The power of the Boeckenstedt Kennel was demonstrated in the middle of the three semifinal races when the kennel’s entries ran one-two-three, sending all three into the final.
Boc’s Sailfish, 42-18-9-7, took the race with an explosive finish, winning by nine and a half lengths. That gave Sailfish bookend victories in the four qualifying rounds and a total of 48 points, third best on the point list.
Breaking last but pushing throughout the field to take second was Boc’s Gasguzzier, 45-13-12-6. Gasguzzier finished as the top points earner at 50 with two early wins then two seconds.
The veteran Boc’s John Luke, 28-8-3-3, stepped back late in finishing third. Luke, who is four years old, is the surprise of the final. His first round fourth place finish dropped him to Grade B but he found a touch of youth to produce a pair of wins and now this third for a total of 44 points, good for fifth on the list.
However, the other two semifinal races saw Boeckenstedt greyhounds being beaten.
In the first semifinal, Helpme Helpyou (Seastrom – Lovely) overtook Boc’s Hank Jr and pulled away for a three-length decision. That is the third straight win for Helpme Helpyou, 31-13-3-2, who started the qualifying with a fifth place effort. He finished with 49 points, good for second on the points list.
Boc’s Hank Jr, 39-22-5-6, finished second and that gave him enough points for a total of 43, good for a tie for seventh on the list and a spot in the field. Wins in the first two rounds got Hank going in the right direction.
The third semifinal went to Enjoying Life (Plum Creek), 24-7-6-2, who went box-to-wire from the six box to win by three lengths. It was the second win in the qualifiers for Life and gave her 46 points, good for fourth on the list.
Blocked and cutoff before a rally gave him second was Boc’s Tony Romo. But the $60,000 Open champion needed a win to get into the final and he finished with 39 points, making him the best of the non-qualifiers.
Rounding out the field were two greyhounds that had enough in the bank to survive not too good semifinal efforts.
Jd Debutante gave Seastrom – Lovely a second finalist with a fourth place finish. That gave Debutante, 49-9-3-8, 43.5 points, good for sixth on the list.
No Big Deal (Hardison), 47-16-8-5, wasn’t a big deal in the semifinal, finishing sixth. The three points earned gave him 43 good for a tie for seventh and the final spot in the championship run.
For the record, the race is mostly a guy thing; Enjoying Life and Jd Debutante are the only females in the final.
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quarterfinal round in the qualifying for the $500,000 Iowa Breeders Classic at B|
Posted by Admin on Friday, October 23 @ 09:07:12 CDT (55 reads)
The pair only posted second place finishes but that was enough for the Boeckenstedt Kennel’s Boc’s Gasguzzier and the Hardison Kennel’s No Big Deal to share the lead after the quarterfinal round in the qualifying for the $500,000 Iowa Breeders Classic at Bluffs Run.
Gasguzzier, 44-13-11-6, broke sixth and rallied from fourth in the homestretch for his second in the Wednesday, Oct. 21, quarterfinals. Coupled with his wins in the first two rounds, Boc’s Gasguzzier has 40 points.
No Big Deal, 46-16-8-5, darn near had the points lead to himself but lost by a head in finishing second. Coupled with two wins and No Big Deal has 40 points.
Beating out No Big Deal with the homestretch rally was Boc’s Tony Romo (Boeckenstedt), 44-21-5-7. The win gives the $60,000 Open champion a boost in the points standings with 29. Still he will probably need a win in the semifinals for a berth in the championship race.
The next four greyhounds in the points standings all won quarterfinal races to improved their lots.
Third with 37.5 points is Jd Debutante (Seastrom-Lovely), 48-9-3-8. She hung onto an early lead for a half-length decision. Traffic in the backstretch did in Boc’s Hank Jr (Boeckenstedt), 38-22-4-6, who struggled to a sixth place finish. He did have a couple of wins and with 33 points sits tied for seventh.
Fourth with 36 points is the reigning Greyhound of the Year Boc’s John Luke (Boeckenstedt), 27-8-3-2. Late work allowed John Luke to pound out a length’s decision for his second straight win in the qualifiers.
Two greyhounds are tied with 34 points after each won for the second straight time.
Boc’s Mericangal (Boeckenstedt), 39-8-7-2, went box-to-wire from the eight box, posting a seven length win, the largest margin of victory in the quarterfinals.
Helpme Helpyou (Seastrom-Lovely), 30-12-3-2, pulled away for a three and a half length win in a time of 30.05 seconds for the 5-16 mile course, the fastest time for a quarterfinal race.
Completing the top eight is two-time stakes winner Boc’s Sailfish (Boeckenstedt), 41-17-9-7. He led early but fell to third in the race won by Boc’s Tony Romo to end up with 33 points.
Three greyhounds complete the semifinal field with 24 points.
The three semifinal races will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24.
The semifinalists (with kennels) and points earned:
Boc’s Gasguzzier (Boeckenstedt) 40; No Big Deal (Hardison) 40; Jd Debutante (Seastrom – Lovely) 37.5; Boc’s John Luke (Boeckenstedt) 36; Boc’s Mericangal (Boeckenstedt) 34; Helpme Helpyou (Seastrom – Lovely) 34; Boc’s Hank Jr (Boeckenstedt) 33; Boc’s Sailfish (Boeckenstedt) 33;
Enjoying Life (Plum Creek) 31; Boc’s Tony Romo (Boeckenstedt) 29; AtTheEndofTheDay (Plum Creek) 28; Dk’s Firestar (Hardison) 28; Boc’s Left Wing (Boeckenstedt) 27; Jd Bombshell (Seastrom – Lovely) 27;
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Iowa Breeders' Race at Dubuque 4th round|
Posted by Admin on Monday, October 19 @ 09:24:15 CDT (126 reads)
DUBUQUE, Iowa – Four rounds of qualifying for the championship and consolation races for the Iowa Breeders Cup at the Iowa Greyhound Park and it all came down to one point and one finish on Sunday, Oct. 18.
One point separated the last of the qualifiers for the championship race with the eight who made the consolation race. One finish separated the final consolation entry with the best of the non-qualifiers.
Xkt Dave Turin (XTREM Racing), 16-4-3-3, found himself last in the early going of the fourth round race and could rally only for a sixth place finish. However those two points gave him 42 for the four rounds and just enough to become the final qualifier.
Leading the charge into the championship race is Go Lucky Darla (Clayton Black). The 72-pounder, born Nov. 9, 2013 out of Nms Sweet Thing – Gobo Sox, chased through out and rallied late to take second place in her fourth round race. She put that with three straight wins in the earlier rounds for a total of 72 points.
Next on the list were two greyhounds with 65.
Pg Sudden Impact (XTREM Racing), 30-9-4-7, had been the third-round co-leader with Go Lucky Darla with the maximum of 60. In the fourth round, Impact broke last and settled for fourth for his 65.
Wild Bill Reeves (Copper Kettle), 25-12-1-5, picked up his third win in the qualifiers with a come-from-behind three and a half length decision for his 65 points.
Bs Rebel (Copper Kettle), 31-8-6-3, made a strong statement by winning in the last two rounds to finish with 60 points. Her fourth round win was going away by two lengths.
From among those four could possibly come the pre-race favorite for the championship race.
There is a drop in points to Superior Canard (Superior), 26-7-8-4. He came home second in the fourth round to finish with 46 points.
Rounding out the championship field are two greyhounds that collected 45 points each.
Ay’s Callie (Jackson Greyhounds), 28-6-4-3, had a first-turn collision and finished last in the fourth round. Xk Thisones Foru (XTREM Racing), 19-6-4-7, needed a win in the fourth round to qualify and got it. She broke seventh and did not lead until a homestretch rally gave her a length’s victory.
Heading up the consolation field will be Jd Unsung Hero (Stidham), 25-6-3-1. He ran well late, winning in the third round and running second in the fourth round for a total of 41 points.
Right behind Hero was Boc’s Circleking (Boeckenstedt), 29-5-8-1. He finished with 40 points and missed an opportunity with a fifth place finish in the fourth round.
Bcs Old Glory (Boeckenstedt), 31-13-3-7, finished third in the fourth round to end up with 39 points.
Classy Wolverine (Superior), 16-5-5-3, also had a third place finish in the fourth round and finished with 37 points. Joining Wolverine at 37 points is Hilco Kalvin (Superior), 16-2-4-3. He finished fourth in the fourth round.
Two greyhounds had 36 points.
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