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    Greyhound Racing 2015 $500,000 IA Breeder Fnal by Steve Sigafoose
    Posted byAdmin on Sunday, November 01 @ 18:46:05 EST
    Contributed by Admin

    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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