Greyhound News
Monday, January 7, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The youngest finalist in Derby Lane’s oldest stakes race couldn’t be caught Saturday.

LK’s Crush N It of Lashmet kennel scored a box-to-wire 4-1/2-length victory for his first career stakes title in the $18,000 1925 Historical Inaugural, the track’s first stakes race of 2019. The Inaugural is 94 years old.

Breaking sharply from the No. 4 box, LK’s Crush N It sprinted to an early lead as the even-money favorite and was never challenged by runner-up Flamenco Dancer of Farmer Racing kennel. He clocked the 550-yard course in 30.41 seconds, the fastest time among 80 greyhounds that completed on the evening program. LK’s Crush N It paid $4.20 to win.

“It was a tough race,’’ Lashmet kennel manager-trainer Ken Deacon said. “That Flamenco Dancer is a very fine dog. The two best dogs in the race ended up running first and second.

“It was over (at the start). It was never a doubt once the box opened and he hit the lead.’’

The victory extended LK’s Crush N It’s career-high win streak to seven. It was his 16th victory from 24 lifetime starts.

LK’s Crush N It, a 25-month-old son of LK’s Now R Never and LK’s All In, was bred by Lashmet kennel owners John and Jill Lashmet of Fort Lupton, Colo. First place paid $7,700.

Kentucky Boy (Cal Holland kennel) was third followed by Cabao (D’Arcy), Barts Slim Shady (Bartley Corporation), Fly Westward Ho (Everett Racing), Po Dunk (Floyd) and Lockjaw (ABC Racing).

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.