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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Grampa Rossy put together a terrific rally to capture the $30,000 King & Queen Stakes at the Iowa Greyhound Park on Wednesday, July 4.

“At first I did not know if he could catch her (BSJ Pocahontas),” admitted Copper Kettle Kennel trainer Jake Ungs, “then I felt he could. He is a strong greyhound.”

At first the patrons were not too interested in Rossy as a pair of Queens (Pocahontas and JD Revelation) drew the early money. But late support sent Grampa Rossy to the boxes as a slim favorite.

Grampa Rossy, a 71-pounder, born March 1, 2016 out of Omar Dodger – Lostdog of Texas, had dominated the Kings’ qualifying, winning in all three rounds. That was nice but drawing the eight box for the final wasn’t.

“He had never drawn an eight in an official race,” said Ungs, “We had hoped for a one box (Rossy had won two of the qualifiers out of the one).”

Grampa Rossy broke last out of the eight and ran in traffic down the front stretch. Around the first turn “he got bumped a bit,” noted Ungs, and entered the backstretch running in midtrack.

Meanwhile BSJ Pocahontas, a 71-pounder, born April 23, 2016 out of Kc And All – Bs Got Speed, broke fourth and quickly took charge. She passed Hilco Blaze, who popped the three box, and outran JD Revelation, who briefly nudged in front out of the two box. Racing up the backstretch, Grampa Rossy was “six lengths behind (BSJ Pocahontas),” said Ungs. But Rossy kept closing.

“When he got around the far turn,” said Ungs, “I felt he could catch her.”

Grampa Rossy slid next the rail down the homestretch and passed BSJ Pocahontas in the last two strides to win by a neck in a time of 31.07 for the 5/16-mile, the fastest time posted on the day’s program.

“We had felt,” said Ungs, “he is the third fastest greyhound in our kennel. But he is young and he has that speed, so we entered him in the Stakes.”

Grampa Rossy moves to 9-5-2-0 on the season with the triumph.

BSJ Pocahontas (Jackson), 10-3-3-2, settled for second.

JD Revelation (Stidham), a 64-pounder, born Feb. 27, 2016 out of KC And All – JD Andromeda, slipped to third, four and a half lengths back. Revelation led the Queen qualifying with 52 points and is 10-3-4-1 on the season.

Yuki Kondo (Stidham), a 76-pounder, born July 6, 2015 out of SH Avatar – Money Maid, rallied a bit to take fourth, five lengths down. He is 9-3-1-1.

RF Triton (Superior), a 78-pounder, born Aug. 23, 2015 out of Kc And All – AF Nala, came from last to take fifth, seven and a half lengths behind. He is 10-1-4-4.

Hilco Blaze (Superior), a 66-pounder, born April 6, 2015 out of KC And All – Hilco Burner, fading steadily after popping the three box to finish sixth, nine lengths behind. She is 10-3-3-1.

Nickthebartender (Cooper Kettle), a 68-pounder, born July 5, 2015 out of Lonesome Cry – Launch Angie, never got going after breaking fifth. He finished seventh, nine and a half lengths out. Nick is 10-4-0-1.

Last was RF Hydra (Superior), a 67-pounder, born Aug. 23, 2015 out of KC And All – AF Nala. She finished a sluggish 15-lengths back. Hydra is 10-4-2-2.

For the patrons, Grampa Rossy paid $6.40 $3.20 and $2.60; BSJ Pocahontas paid $3.60 and $2.80; JD Revelation paid $3.00; the 4-8 Quiniela paid $16.60; the 8-4-2 Tri-Box paid $75.10; the 8-4-2-7 10-Cent Superfecta paid $36.64.

And, for the record, Grampa Rossy’s win left the Queens with a 17-16 edge in the series.

 

Pictured left to right: Brian Carpenter, Director of Racing/G.M.; Jennifer Hamilton, Helper for Copper Kettle Kennel; Alex Hefel, Leadout; Jake Ungs, Trainer for the Copper Kettle Kennel; Jarrod Dura, Racing Secretary.

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.