Greyhound News
Thursday, January 3, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Farmer Racing kennel’s Flamenco Dancer and LK’s Crush N It of Lashmet kennel both extended their career-high win streaks to six Wednesday in qualifying for the $18,000 1925 Historical Inaugural at Derby Lane.

Flamenco Dancer defeated Kentucky Boy of Cal Holland kennel by a nose and paid $4.60. Winning time for 550 yards was 30.99 seconds.

LK’s Crush N It cruised to a five-length win over Cabao of D’Arcy kennel. He returned $2.60 to win in 30.60 seconds.

Both winners were the wagering favorites in their respective races.

The top four finishers in each race earned spots in the Saturday finale. Other qualifiers are Barts Slim Shady (Bartley Corporation), Fly Westward Ho (Everett Racing kennel), Lockjaw (ABC Racing) and Po Dunk (Floyd).

Flamenco Dancer, who turns 3 on Jan. 18, will be competing in her seventh final in 11 stakes appearances for kennel owner-trainer John Farmer. She has 39 career wins, but is without a stakes title. The daughter of Barcelona Boss and Lets Go Flying is owned by Brooke Busby, Sharon Dippel, Monte Jacobs and Misty Markel.

“To be able to come and watch her race in any race is exciting,’’ Busby said. “But to be able to see her in a stakes race is very exciting.’’

Markel shared Busby’s thoughts.

“It’s pretty amazing,’’ she said. “It’s pretty cool to come over here for any race, but to have one in a stakes final is really something.’’

Busby and Markel both live in Lakeland, Fla.

LK’s Crush N It, a 25-month-old male from a litter by LK’s Now R Never and LK’s All In, is the youngest finalist. The Ken Deacon trainee has 15 career victories for kennel owners John and Jill Lashmet.

The Inaugural is Derby Lane’s oldest stakes race in its 94th year. First place pays $7,700.

Don Jensen

I have been a sports writer in the newspaper industry for 40 years: working in Florida, Maryland and Virginia. I moved to Florida in 1984 after serving as the publicity director of Charles Town Race Track, a thoroughbred facility in West Virginia. I reside in Tampa, Fla., and cover the Tampa Bay area parimutuel scene – both greyhounds and thoroughbreds – and write about high school sports for the Tampa Bay Times.