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Monday, September 11, 2017

The $30,000 Future Star Stakes began Friday, September 8, at the Iowa Greyhound Park with a half-dozen races. Doing the math shows that there were six winners and a six-way tie for first place in the points standings with 20 points awarded for a win in a stakes round.

The most impressive triumph came in the program’s sixth race, the third of the stakes’ six on the night. XT’s Wilt (Xtrem Hess Racing LLC Kennel) put together an explosive finish to win by eight lengths in a time of 31.21 seconds for the 5-16 mile course. The time was quickest in the first round by .42 of a second and the margin of victory tied for the biggest.

Wilt, a 73-pounder, born Oct. 5, 2015 out of Bd’s Grayson – Atascocita Demi, is having an impressive season at IGP. The win pushed his record to 23-9-1-2. He is on a four-race win streak.

Also romping home by eight lengths was Hilco Major (Superior) in the last of the first-rounders, the 14th race on the program. Major took charge early after breaking fourth from the one box. He is an 80-pounder, born Aug. 1, 2015 out of Kc And All – Hilco V Storm. Major moves to 19-6-2-1.

All Blacknwhite (Superior) opened the stakes’ round by pulling away for a strong six-length decision. She is a 63 pounder, born Aug. 21, 2015 out of Kc And All – Super C Belle. Blacknwhite makes money as her 21-8-5-3-3 record shows.

A comfortable verdict was posted by Dk’s Nocturnal (Stidham Racing LLC), who pulled away for a four and a half length margin of victory. Nocturnal snaps a four-race winless streak with the victory and moves to 23-5-4-2 for the season.

The other two first-rounders were tight calls.

Dk’s Little Mix (Stidham) kept a length’s lead from early in the race to the wire for her win. Mix is 19-7-2-2. Chasing all the way before settling for second was BGR Gladiator (Boeckenstedt), 13-5-2-3.

JD Implosion (Stidham) broke sixth and kept coming all the way, finally taking the lead in the homestretch for a length’s win. Implosion is 11-6-1-0. Take It Home (Xtrem Hess), a 14-1 longshot, led from the break before being left in second place. He is 13-3-3-1.

The 48 pups quickly return to the track for second round on Wednesday, September 13. Following the second round, the field will be trimmed to 24 for the Sunday, September 17, third round.

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.