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    Greyhound Racing Dubuque Greyhound Park Finishes it"s 28th Season
    Posted byadmin on Sunday, November 04 @ 10:22:44 EST
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    By Brian Carpenter Fri, Nov 02, 2012

    Dubuque Greyhound Park at Mystique completed its 28th season of live greyhound racing Sunday Matinee, October 28th. With fifteen races that included four exciting stakes races along with a plaque presentations to the 2012 Greyhound and Trainer of the Year.

    First stakes race of the day was the Secretary’s Choice eight hand-picked greyhounds by our very own Racing Secretary. One stand out star of the race he included was the Greyhound of the Year and Top Win Leader of 2011, Mamas Special Ed of the Superior-Sweetcorn City Kennel. But Barts Commodity of the Bartley Corp & Wayne R. Ward Kennel looked tough to beat in the one hole with five wins in her last six starts. As the race went off Barts Commodity the favorite got out on top right away and took an early command of the race with Mamas Special Ed in second. Mamas Special Ed closed the five length gap and caught Barts Commodity at the wire to win the $2,000 Secretary’s Choice with Barts Commodity finishing second. Boc’s No Hitter of the Boeckenstedt Kennel followed the leaders to take third and Raiders Blaze of the Pat C Greyhound Kennel worked his way thru traffic ending up in fourth.

    The second stakes race of the day was in the tenth race, the $20,000 Iowa Bred Consolation Stakes. This race included the ninth thru sixteenth finishers of the Iowa Breeders’ Cup. This consolation stakes was a fun race to watch with the favorite Boc’s Steelforce of the Boecknstedt Kennel and Ale Wildncounter of the L & K Kennel battling it out back and forth around the track with Boc’s Steelforce winning the duel to become the $20,000 Iowa Bred Consolation winner and Ale Wildncounter right up there to take second. O Ya Purecountry of the Hardison & Rader Kennel moved up for show and finishing in fourth place Bs Gremlin of the Clayton black Kennel.

    The twelfth race, the big race that all kennels and fans were waiting for was the $200,000 Iowa Breeders’ Cup. One hundred and twelve Iowa bred greyhounds that had a minimum of twelve official starts at Dubuque during it 2012 season got their chance to run for the top stakes money of the year. After four preliminary rounds we had something happen at Dubuque that has never been done before in our Iowa Breeders’ Cup. Two greyhounds tied in points winning all four rounds to receive eighty points. O Ya Minnie of the Clayton Black Kennel and Greyhound of the Year Boc’s Sweeney of the Boeckenstedt Kennel. But the funny thing about it is neither greyhound went off as the favorite. The favorite of the race was the $45,000 King and Queens winner Roc A By Msmolly of the Jackson Greyhounds Kennel. As the race went off the second greyhound that made it into the finals for the Clayton Black Kennel, O Ya Scout, took an early control of the race and never looked back to win the $200,000 Iowa Breeders’ Cup with a five and a half length lead. Following behind the leader to take second place was Boc’s Sweeney of the Boeckenstedt Kennel. Pat C J Hambone of the Pat C Greyhound Kennel came from far back to take third place and finishing in fourth was Yes Sir of the River Bluffs Kennel.

    Following the blanket and trophy presentation of the Iowa Breeders’ Cup, the Racing Department awarded the plaques for Greyhound and Trainer of the Year. These two honors were voted by the Kennel Owners, Trainers, Helpers and Racing Officials. The 2012 Greyhound of the Year was also the top win leader of the season, Boc’s Sweeney of the Boeckenstedt Kennel. Phil Stapleton who trained Boc’s Sweeney and put the Boeckenstedt Kennel on top for the season, won the 2012 Trainer of the Year award.

    Finishing off the day was the $2,000 Au Revoir race that included eight hand-picked greyhounds to run from the Dubuque Course box (3-8ths). This race was a difficult one to handicap, no clear favorites stood out. As the race went off Kelsos Charlene of the River Bluffs Kennel broke on top and never looked back to win the $2,000 Au Revoir Stakes. Yahoo Avalanche of the Hardison and Rader Kennel finished in second. Keeper Ds Doug of the L & K Kennel challenge the leader early in the race but faded back to third place and in fourth was That’s My Dog of the Iowa Racers Kennel who had a late home stretch drive.

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