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Friday, March 2, 2018

  Saturday night March 3, Naples Fort Myers presents the $40,000 Derby over the 660-yard course. Fire Blitzen is the defending champion making a third consecutive appearance in the stakes final for D. Q. Williams Kennel. The April 2014 blue son of Dragon Fire and Cry Heather is the most seasoned in the stakes and seeks to repeat from post #4.

Brad Boeckenstedt Kennel landed two finalists, drawing the rail and outside. BGR Abaracadabra is on the rail for the first time in the series. His kennelmate and youngest in the field is #8 BGR Monster who was the top performer with three wins in the series.

Xtrem Kennel's finalist DS Jester scored two wins and clocked the fastest time in the series among the finalists. Jester drew post #2. Both qualifying wins were timed at 38.16 from posts 4 and 7.

The only female in the race is Jimmy King Kennel's AJN Omar N Red. She drew post five-the same post her only win came from in round 2.

Papertown, #,7 won two qualifiers. His first from post 2 and then he scored top points from post 7 in round 3 for Charter Kennel.

American Avanti, #3, earned a post as the only winless finalists. His three second place finishes for Superior Kennel earned his slot on the final.

BS Triathalon won his semifinal round that helped him secure his spot in the final for Steve Sarras Kennel. He drew post #6.

The Naples Derby is race 10 on the card. First post is at 7:00 PM, est. Information available at

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