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Monday, April 16, 2018

Will JT’s In The Bank and BY’s Wonka Remain Undefeated in $20,000 Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes Qualifying?

 

2018 ROUND THREE QUALIFYING FOR PALM BEACH KENNEL CLUB’S $20,000 BOB BALFE PUPPY STAKES WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 18! JT’S IN THE BANK AND BY’S WONKA SEEK TO REMAIN UNDEFEATED!

After beginning with a field of 64 Greyhounds and 16-qualifying events, two canine athletes will enter Wednesday afternoon’s third-round of qualifying for Palm Beach Kennel Club’s $20,000 Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes with a perfect two-for-two record.

In Race 12, it appears that #3 JT’s In The Bank (Pat C Sabbath – Julianne Hough, Koppe, Staats & Collins Kennel) should be able to make short work of his fellow entries. The battle in this event will be the coveted second, third and fourth-place spots which will give a few of the other qualifiers the points needed to advance to the semifinals.

The final event of Wednesday afternoon in Race 15 will highlight our other undefeated puppy stakes qualifier, the remarkable #6 BY’s Wonka (Trent Lee – Skatter McBones, Rader Racing). “The Candy Man” has won his last two qualifying races by a total of 17 lengths in the two fastest times of all 16-qualifying events, 29.46 and 29.26 seconds, respectively. Possible challenges to Wonka include the early-speed styling of #3 Racing Wishes (Kiowa Mon Manny – Racing Angel, Lester Raines Kennel) and #5 Amazing Chick (KC And All – Amazing Chesney, James Douglas Kennel).

Third-round qualifiers will also be contested in Races 10 and 14.

Following Wednesday afternoon’s third round, the field will be halved to sixteen competitors, who will then advance to the fourth and final round Sunday afternoon, April 22, all vying for a slot in the final eight.

The 52nd running of the $20,000 Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes will be contested Saturday afternoon, April 28.

The Puppy Stakes is named in honor of former Palm Beach Post Time sports columnist and great friend to Greyhound racing, Bob Balfe.

Contact: Jeff Prince (561) 683-2222, Ext. 126 / jprince@pbkennelclub.com
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