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Monday, February 11, 2019

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – RT’s Bo Jangles, the national win leader and All-America first-team selection in 2017, has been retired from racing.

A champion of three stakes races and two-time meet win leader at Derby Lane, RT’s Bo Jangles raced for the final time this past Saturday – finishing sixth in a Grade B sprint. It was his third start since returning Jan. 30 from a four-month layoff because of injury.

RT’s Bo Jangle raced exclusively at Derby Lane with Cal Holland kennel, and scored 88 victories from 148 starts for owner Randy Toler of Penrose, Colo. Named after the song, Mr. Bojangles – a popular tune in the 1970s – the 46-month-old son of Kiowa Mon Manny and Penrose Karrie became an instant fan favorite.

RT’s Bo Jangles started his racing career in September, 2016. The 550-yard specialist didn’t win his first Grade A race until his 20th start, but became a force after that.

“(He didn’t stand out) at the beginning,’’ Holland said after RT’s Bo Jangles won the $10,000 Howl-O-Ween in October, 2017 for his first stakes championship. “But right after that, we expected him to win almost every race. He’s just that type of a dog, because he always breaks, and he wins.’’

A month later, RT’s Bo Jangles won the $10,000 Thanksgiving Stakes. It was one of his 45 victories in 2017, when he captured both Derby Lane six-month meet win titles and the national win crown.

RT’s Bo Jangles’ final stakes triumph came in the $8,000 T.L. Weaver Memorial Challenge in 2018. He clocked a career-best time of 30.04 seconds this past September in the second round of the $50,000 Husker Magic Fall Sprint. That would his final victory. The fawn-colored greyhound was injured in his ensuing start, and failed to return to top form.

RT’s Bo Jangles was a steady performer, highlighted by an eight-race win streak. He also won six in a row three times. RT’s Bo Jangles wound up with 124 in-the-money performances with top four finishes, and $70,531 in career earnings.

 

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.