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Monday, June 19, 2017

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Action opened in the $30,000 King and Queen Stakes at the Iowa Greyhound Park on Sunday, June 18 with three King and three Queen races.

The highlight performance was put on by Rf River (Superior Kennel) in the last of the Queen first-rounders. River, a 68-pounder born Dec. 28, 2014 out of Kc And All – Af Nala, broke third from the five box and ran away to a six-length win in a time of 31.02 seconds for the 5-16 mile course. The margin of victory and time were the best of the six races. Rf River moves to 7-2-1-1.

The tightest first-round race came when Kelo (Wayne R. Ward) rallied from third in the homestretch to nip Boc’s Queen Gina, who came from fourth, to win by a nose. Kelo advances with a 6-2-1-0 record.

The other first-round Queen winner was Jd Allure (Stidham) who exploded in the homestretch to produce a five-length win. Jd Allure advances with a 5-3-1-0 record.

On the King side, Konomi (Stidham) was a crisp five-length winner. Konomi, a 77-pounder, born July 6, 2015 out of Sh Avatar – Money Maid, might bear watching. He is 2-2-0-0 here after coming from Wheeling where he posted a 10-5-2-1 record.

Another greyhound to keep an eye on is Superior Calder (Superior) who went box-to-wire from the four box, pulling away a bit to win by two lengths. Calder is 2-1-0-0 here after going 12-5-1-2 at Wheeling.

Rf Furious (Superior), 6-4-1-0, had enough in the tank to win his first-round race by a length. Furious broke second and led by two lengths early.

The greyhounds return for the second round on Saturday, June 24, after which the field will be trimmed to the top 16 Kings and top 16 Queens for the third round on Friday, June 30. The championship race is set for Tuesday, July 4.

I'm a native of the Washington, D.C., area and a graduate of the University of Maryland. I'm now retired after a two-decade plus stint as the sports editor of the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Daily Nonpareil.