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    Greyhound Racing $60,000 Open at Bluffs Run to highlight the Saturday, July 25, semifinal races.
    Posted byAdmin on Sunday, July 26 @ 13:09:15 EDT
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    COUNCIL BLUFF, Ia. Ė With an impressive homestretch drive O Ya Spunky (Bartley Corporation) made quite the leap into the final of the $60,000 Open at Bluffs Run to highlight the Saturday, July 25, semifinal races.

    Spunky, a 69-pounder, born March 4, 2013 out of Kiowa Sweet Trey Ė O Ya Queenie, entered the semifinals tied for 21st in the points standings. He broke sixth in the dayís fifth race, the middle of the three semifinals, but quickly was on the heels of early leader DS Phoenix (Bean & Stout). Spunky kept the pressure on and passed Phoenix in the homestretch to win by a length. The victory gave O Ya Spunky, 36-14-7-2, his second win in the four qualifying rounds and a total of 40 points, good for a tie for fifth in the points and good for a berth in the final.

    Leading the charge to the championship race is Bocís Tony Romo (Boeckenstedt). The converted 3-8 miler also pulled off a homestretch rally, taking the first semifinal test by one and a half lengths in a time of 30.06 seconds for the 5-16 mile course, the best time of the three semifinals. It was Tony Romoís, 31-14-5-5, third straight win in the qualifiers and gave him a points-leading 55 points.

    Second in points was DS Phoenix, 17-6-2-2, who chased O Ya Spunky across the finish line. Her second place finish gave her 50 points thanks to two wins and two seconds in the four rounds.

    Third was the other semifinal winner, Barts Bold Ruler (Bartley Corporation). Bold Ruler, 35-15-6-2, won the sixth race on the card by a length. He finished with 46 points based on three wins and a last-place finish which happened when he fell in the quarterfinal race.

    The trackís victory leader, Bocís Hank Jr (Boeckenstedt), 29-18-2-6, finished with 42 points after finishing third behind O Ya Spunky. Troubled hampered Hank in the semifinal just like it did in the quarterfinal after Hank opened the series with two wins.

    KJís Jomax (Mickim), 31-6-4-7, who opened the qualifiers with two longshot wins, finished fourth in the last of the semifinal races but still qualified with 40 points.

    Two greyhounds completed the championship field by collecting 39 points each.

    Illuminate (Filipelli/Miner), 31-7-5-9, entered the semifinals tied for seventh and stayed right there with a third-place finish in the semis first race.

    Bocís Sailfish (Boeckenstedt), 28-10-6-5, the $60,000 Secretaryís Choice champion, made the jump from being tied for 10th after the quarterfinals to the championship field with a second-place finish in the first of the semifinal races.

    There was a clean cut in making the final. First out were two greyhounds with 37 points. Evolvingsitujhn (Plum Creek) had been tied for seventh after the quarterfinals but a fifth place finish in the last of the semifinals doomed him. Bocís Shamuel (Boeckenstedt) needed a win to qualify but ran second to Barts Bold Ruler to come up short.

    By the numbers, the Boeckenstedt Kennel has three greyhounds in the final and the Bartley Corporation has two. The final is male heavy with only DS Phoenix on the fair side.

    The $60,000 Open championship race is set for Saturday, Aug. 1.

    story by Steve Sigafoose

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