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Friday, June 29, 2018

DUBUQUE, Ia. – Form held in the third round of the $30,000 King & Queen Stakes at the Iowa Greyhound Park Thursday, June 28, to set the field for the championship race.

Ladies first –

Second round leader JD Revelation (Stidham), 9-3-4-0, ran second in her race. That gave Revelation 52 points for the three rounds, the most among the Queens.

Finishing tied for second in points with 40 each are BSJ Pocahontas and RF Hydra. Both won in the third round to jump from a tie for fifth place, but only one point out of the top four, into the championship field.

Pocahontas (Jackson), 9-3-2-2, beat JD Revelation by nine lengths in a third-round best time of 30.98 seconds for the 5/16-mile course.

RF Hydra (Superior), 9-4-2-2, won by two lengths.

Filling out the Queen side of the field is Hilco Blaze. Blaze, second after two rounds, took fourth in her third round race to finish with 37 points. Hilco Blaze (Superior) is 9-3-3-1.

Grandpa Rossy (Copper Kettle), 8-4-2-0, is the story on the King side. Rossy won in all three rounds to collect a perfect 60 points. After six and nine-length romps in the first two rounds, Rossy came from behind in the homestretch in the third round to win by a length. Co-second round leader Nickthebartender (Copper Kettle), 9-4-0-1, had a miserable third round run, finishing seventh. The finish was worth only one point, but it gave Nick a total of 41 and second in the standings and into the final.

Yuki Kondo (Stidham), 8-3-1-1, also had a bad run in the third round, finishing sixth.

That gave Kondo a total of 34 points as he qualified for the final.

The final King spot did belong to Cobi’s Dobler (T And T), 10-2-4-1, after a second place finish gave him a total of 40 points. But Dobler came up injured and will miss the final.

That left the last spot open for RF Triton (Superior), 9-1-4-4. Triton posted a third-place effort in the third round and finished with 32 points.

The King & Queen Stakes is set for Wednesday, July 4. For the record, the Queens have a 17-15 lead in the series.

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.