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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

DUBUQUE, Ia. – Xtrem Grinch gave a strong box-to-wire performance to capture the 2018 3-16 mile Memorial Sprint Monday, May 28, at the Iowa Greyhound Park.’

“He did great,” said trainer Chey Kuriata of the Xtrem Hess Racing Kennel. “He broke out in front and when he does that nobody is going to catch him.

” Xtrem Grinch, a 74-pounder born Dec.25, 2015 out of Tk Quick Strike – Gable Molly Bee, had no trouble coming out of the five box.

Pushed early by Tuna And Noodles (Copper Kettle), who came out of the two box, Grinch soon got pressure on the outside from RF Hydra (Superior) out of the eight box.

The patrons had somewhat dismissed Xtrem Grinch, sending him to the starting box at 8-1. RF Hydra, a 67-pounder, born Aug.23, 2015 out of KC And All – Af Nala, opened as the 3-5 favorite and went to the starting boxes at the 4-5 favorite.

“I was not concerned about Hydra,” said Kuriata, “Xtrem Grinch is a good, early speed greyhound and that’s why we put him up for the Memorial.”

Working on Grinch’s outside flank, RF Hydra pressured Xtrem Grinch as the pair rounded the far turn and moved into the homestretch. Early in the homestretch, Hydra stepped inside of Grinch to the rail, but Xtrem Grinch, 3-1-1-0 this season, had plenty left, doubling his lead to win by a length and half in a time of 18.14 seconds.

RF Hydra, 3-2-1-0, settled for second.

Coming up from sixth in the homestretch to take third, four lengths back, was BSJ Pocahontas (Jackson) 2-0-0-1.

Fourth, six lengths back, but with a good effort, was Tempo Excavator (T And T), 2-0-0-1. Excavator is still running in Grade M.

Largo Go Nance (Clayton Black), 3-0-1-0 finished fifth, seven lengths behind. Tuna And Noodles, 3-1-0-0, just nudged out Kiowa Cat Great (T And T), 3-2-0-0, for sixth. Kiowa Cat Great was coming off two straight wins. Allotta Bling (Clayton Black), 3-0-1-0, completed the field.

For the patrons: Xtrem Grinch paid $18.40, $10.40 and $4.20; RF Hydra paid $3.00 and $2.40 and BS Pocahontas paid $3.40. The 5-8 quiniela paid $18.00; the 5-8-3 tri-box paid $133.10 and the 5-8-3-1 10-cent superfecta paid $103.51.


L to R: Brian Carpenter, Director of Racing/G.M.; Jarrod Dura, Racing Secretary; Devon Dean, Leadout; Chey Kuriata, Trainer for Xtrem Hess Racing Kennel; Alan Ertl, Grandfather of Xtrem Hess Racing Kennel owners.

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.