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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Superior Tora won the $30,000 Dubuque Classic Stakes Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Iowa Greyhound Park in her usual style, which means making her human followers sweat.

Tora, a 60-pounder born Sept. 20, 2017 out of Gable Sour Cream – Superior Intoit, won by a half-length, her only lead of the race, earned in the final strides of the 3-8-mile test.

“That was a heck of a race,” said owner Alan Hill of the Superior Kennel, “it is her style, but it took everything she had.”

Superior Tora broke a decent third out of the one box.

“I was nervous about her coming out of the one,” said Hill, “since she likes to go wide. Joesrifleman (Copper Kettle) popped the two box to take the early lead with kennelmate Revin Devon coming out second. The three greyhounds separated themselves from the remaining five in the early going.

“When they got to the first turn,” said Hill, “I thought we were in trouble with the two (Joesrifleman) and the eight (Revin Devon) ahead of her.”

In the backstretch, Joesrifleman built a three and a half length lead on Revin Devon, who was two lengths ahead of Superior Tora.

But the trio tightened up as they reached the far turn. It was still Joesrifleman’s lead entering the homestretch, Revin Devon was second and Superior Tora was third as she swung wide to come barreling down the homestretch.

In the final strides, Superior Tora passed Joesrifleman and Revin Devon, who had slipped past the fading leader, to hit the wire in a time of 39.73 seconds. Superior Tora moves to 24-13-5-1 for the season.

Revin Devon, 21-7-4-2, took second by a length and a half with Joesrifleman, 24-7-8-4, settling for third.

Five and a half lengths back, running a steady fourth was Benny Goodman (Stidham & Brindle), 20-3-2-5.

The last four greyhounds were separated by a length and a half, starting with Lester Hayes (Stidham & Brindle), 21-3-3-5, eight and a half back.

XT’s Thunder (Xtrem Hess), 22-8-3-2, was nine down and Bgr Gladiator (Boeckenstadt), 15-1-1-5, was nine and half lengths off the pace.

Stuck in last place was Superior Tack (Superior), 20-5-4-2, Superior Tora’s littermate.

For the patrons, Superior Tora paid $3.80, $2.80 and $2.20; Revin Devon paid $4.80 and $2.80 and Joesrifleman paid $2.60. The 1-8 Quiniela paid $11.40; the 1-8-2 Tri-Box paid $26.60 and the 1-8-2-4 ten cent Superfecta paid $16.26.

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.