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    Greyhound Racing DK'S FLOW METER $60,000 OPEN CHAMPION
    Posted byadmin on Thursday, August 01 @ 12:39:04 EDT
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    STEVE SIGAFOOSE

         
        
         

    Dk’s Flow Meter’s impressive triumph in the $60,000 Open at Bluffs Run on Saturday, July 27, highlighted a big night for the Hardison Kennel.

    In addition to the victory, the kennel picked up a third-place finish from Sh Avatar and a fourth place from Chipper.

    “All three greyhounds ran good races,” said owner Bob Hardison. “We were fortunate to have three in the final. (Trainer) Darren (Flahive) has done an outstanding job with them. But you always worry about the three taking each other out (in the race).”

    That fear especially held true when Dk’s Flow Meter drew the one box, Chipper got the two box and Sh Avatar had the four box. Fears were compounded when the boxes opened at the break. Chipper, the longest shot of the trio, broke a solid second. But Flow Meter, send off as the second favorite, broke sixth and Avatar, the patrons’ betting favorite, broke last.

    That haunted Sh Avatar; the No. 1-ranked greyhound at Bluffs Run, as he ran in traffic in the rush to the first turn and found himself in sixth place in the early going.

    Dk’s Flow Meter, however, had a clean run to the first turn, taking the lead from Top Of The Pile (Plum Creek), who came out of the three box.

    “I though he was in first or second,” said Flahive. “I couldn’t tell for sure because I was trying to watch all three of our greyhounds.”

    Once in the first turn, and on the rail, Dk’s Flow Meter took off. The 67-pounder, born April 25, 2011 out of Kelsos Fusileer-Dk’s Xplode, pushed his lead to four lengths. He commanded the field down the backstretch with Top Of The Pile chasing.

    “Flow Meter has preferred the outside boxes,” said Hardison, “but the last three times he has been in the one box he has won.”

    As the field rounded the far turn and entered the homestretch, the Open got interesting. Top Of The Pile made a move on Flow Meter.

    “He looks early speed,” said Hardison about his champion, “but he has not been easily caught. He doesn’t like to be caught.”

    Dk’s Flow Meter was not to be caught. He finished a length ahead in a time of 30.65 seconds for the 5-16 mile.



    “We felt,” said Flahive, “Sh Avatar was the one to beat, but we also thought Flow Meter was capable.”

    The Open championship was a bit of sweet revenge for Dk’s Flow Meter. It came a month after the $60,000 Juvenile. Flow Meter went into the Juvenile as the winningest greyhound in the field of 96. But, after a first-round win, he stumbled badly and was eliminated after a sixth and a seventh in his last two races.

    “He underperformed,” said Flahive, “maybe it was trainer error.”

    “In a month,” said Hardison, “he’s grown up.”

    Top Of The Pile’s second was impressive, maybe needing only a few more yards to catch the leader in a strong finish.

    “We knew the one (Dk’s Flow Meter) would be tough in that box,” said Plum Creek trainer Monte Hoopes. “He (Pile) ran a good race for us; maybe late we had a chance.” Sh Avatar rallied late to overtake Chipper for third. Avatar was a length and a half back and Chipper two lengths back.

    Then there was a gap. Topline Drive (Keeper-Red Rock) was a steady fifth despite traffic and crowding and finished five lengths back.

    Boc’s Sluicey (Boeckenstedt) was sixth, with trouble, 11 lengths down.

    Sweet Finish (Petzold) was third early then faded in the backstretch in finishing seventh.

    Hilco Kola (Bean & Stout), who had made the final with a terrific semifinal win, rounded out the field.

    By the numbers this was an outstanding field. Seven of the greyhounds are among the top 20 on the Bluffs Run victory board.
    They are No. 1 Sh Avatar 35-21-4-6; No. 2 Dk’s Flow Meter 37-20-3-5; No. 3 Sweet Finish 32-15-10-0; No. 5 Top Of The Pile 32-13-9-7; No. 16 Hilco Kola 38-9-6-4; No. 18 Chipper 28-9-4-7 and No. 20 Topline Drive 26-9-3-3. The eighth greyhound, Boc’s Sluicey 33-7-10-4, was coming off a third-place finish in the $60,000 Juvenile final.

    As for the money, the Hardison Kennel picked up $39,000 for the efforts of its three greyhounds Flow Meter picked up the $30,000 for the win; Sh Avatar got $6,000 for third and Chipper got $3,000 for his fourth. It is the kennel’s second stakes win of the year as Sh Avatar won the year opening $60,000 Team Survivor.

    “I am lucky to have a nice staff,” said Flahive, praising assistant trainers Dave Dotson, Paige Huckabay and Jamie Fidler and helper Sandy Pflueger.

    Top Of The Pile earned $15,000 for his second. The fifth through eighth place finishers each earned $1,500.



     


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