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Monday, July 29, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Abernathy kennel tied the Derby Lane modern-day record Saturday with seven victories on one performance.

The operation, which is owned by Jim and Kayruth Abernathy, recorded seven wins from 10 starters on the 15-race matinee card. It missed setting a new mark when the kennel’s final starter, Saber Dagger, finished fifth in Race 13.

Abernathy recorded victories in the track’s top four grades – A, B, C and D – with dogs owned by six different parties. Its winners were: Worry About You ($3.60 in Race 1); JSK Laredo ($11.40 in Race 3); Braska Khloe ($6.60 in Race 6); Braska Dazzy ($6.40 in Race 8); Oaks Buzzsaw Bob ($5 in Race 9); Hacky Sack ($33.80 in Race 10); and Hows Bills Baby ($8 in Race 12). It had entries in nine races with two dogs in one race.

Abernathy tied the record held by reigning two-time defending kennel champion Everett Racing (seven wins from 13 starters) on June 22, and Filipelli & O’Donnell (seven wins from 11 starters) on June 16, 2009.

Abernathy, which also won a pair of races on the Saturday evening performance, rose to second place in the Derby Lane kennel standings – trailing Everett Racing by a 62-54 margin. Kayruth Abernathy is the kennel trainer.

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.